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3/2/13 8:21 P

I roll out my hip flexors with a medicine ball or foam roller, and if that doesn't help, I go to my physiotherapist and get ART on it.

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3/2/13 6:20 P


The problem with any injuries or pain, including those caused from running is that many times the source of the discomfort is not the cause. It could be weak glutes that are causing your tight hip flexors, but it could also be an external rotation of your foot when you strike the ground. You may want to try doing some hip flexor stretches, but you may want to consider seeing a sports chiro who deals with running issues so that you can get the proper evaluation and treatment.

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3/2/13 4:57 P

I've been running about 2-3 times per week (maybe about 2 miles each time) since early November. After about a month, I started to develop pain in my hip flexor (usually just on the right, but sometimes on the left, too) during and after the run. I ran my first 5k this morning and am having trouble just walking. I know that any medical issue should be treated by a doctor, but my question to more experienced runners--does this sound like a common problem among new runners? Maybe I have weak glutes, or a bad running stance? I bought better running shoes and that helped for awhile, but the pain is coming back again.

Any help would be appreciated--I love to run and don't want to stop.

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