How long should an injury to a hip take to heal?

by Kelly
(Arizona)

Two weeks ago, while running, I began to have hip pain. The pain was so intense I was barely able to bear weight on my left side. I continued to work out (spinning, swimming, yoga, and pilates) I was and still am unable to run. As time went on, it became too painful to even swim. I went to the doctor who told me it was muscular and told me to rest and has me taking muscle relaxers (I am unable to take anti-inflammitory medication due to a kidney condition).

I am also being seen for possible stress fractures in my lower legs (I am awaiting a bone scan and MRI).

How long does a hip injury of this type take to heal?

Should I have my running evaluated because of the types of injuries I have sustained while running (I am new to running)?

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Sep 07, 2008
healing time
by: Bart - SII

Muscular injury, if treated properly, should heal well in 4-6 weeks. I would recommend a biomechanical evaluation as the hip injury and the stress fracture suspicions do suggest you may have some biomechanical issues. Also, making sure you are wearing appropriate shoes with good arch support.

Bart

Mar 28, 2011
Same Situation
by: Texas Runner

Kelly,
I am just wondering how this situation turned out? It sounds identical to what I'm experiencing right now. I've been running for 2 years, was training for my second marathon and began having pain. I know it is an overuse injury and I was diagnosed with muscle strain after an X-Ray ruled out fracture but I'm wondering if I need an MRI to be sure???

Mar 28, 2011
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by: Anonymous

It turned out to be a compression stress fracture of my hip. I was diagnosed with a bone scan. An x-ray will not show a stress fracture until after it has started to heal. It took 4 weeks for a diagnosis. I highly recommend going to a sports medicine doctor who deals with these injuries on a more frequent basis than your primary care physicain. My fracture was on the underside of the femoral neck as opposed to the upper side of the femoral neck. The latter is much more problematic than the type of fracture that I had.

Mar 28, 2011
Hip
by: Anonymous

Thans so much for this advice. I have been considering taking it to the next step and I think I am going to just do it and get and MRI! Thanks again!

Aug 26, 2011
Hip swelling
by: Anonymous

What made you go to the doctor? I was running yesterday, I am new to running and I've only been running 2 miles. About 1/4 mile in I felt pain in my left hip but kept going. Needless to say, yesterday and today are very painful. It seems to have swollen yesterday and I've been taking tylenol, icing and heat. I can't believe I can't run today and am going through withdrawal. I'm wondering how long you waited to go to the doctor and how long I should rest it. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Aug 26, 2011
Hip swelling
by: Anonymous

I went to the doctor because the pain was bad enough that I was having problems walking. I was new to running as well and my doctor told me that is common in new runners. I had the cardio base from swimming and cycling, but my legs were not used to the pounding that they were taking (I was running with experienced runners well outside of my league at the time).

I went to the doctor within a week and was originally misdiagnosed, so it took 4 weeks before I got the diagnosis. It's very important to go to a sports medicine doctor or at the least a doctor with experience with runners.

Unfortunately, the only thing that heals a stress fracture is time. As soon as I was able to bear weight on the leg again I began running. It was too early and I delayed my recovery by several weeks. Cross train while you heal. Swim, bike when you are able.

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