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That Trick Hip Is At It Again

October 27, 2010


Can’t a girl go out for a simple night of drinks and dancing without walking like grandma the next day?

Last Thursday Neighbor C and I went out to see some live music at a local bar.  It was just intended to be a casual dinner-and-a-beer kind of evening, but the Southern Comfort guys were there with free SoCo and lime shots.  And a very nice guy kept buying us beers, and well, you know.  Sometimes a girl just has to bust a move. 

Twenty minutes of dancing = days of hip pain.  For crying out loud, it’s enough to make a girl in the throes of her birthday season feel OLD!

Oh yes, the birthday season is upon us.  Again. 

As my dad says, it beats the alternative.

After limping around for half a day, I finally decided to nurture my inner hypochondriac and google hip pain.  It appears that I have strained a hip flexor or something similar.  Based on the fact that I still cannot walk without pain, it appears that I have a Grade 2 strain.

(I know you all are FASCINATED with this post.  Stay tuned.  Tomorrow I’ll do an entire post on a canker sore.  Oh wait, I’ve already done that.)

This part of the web site about made me fall out laughing:

Most patients with this condition heal well with appropriate physiotherapy. The success rate of treatment is largely dictated by patient compliance. One of the key components is that the patient rests from ANY activity that increases their pain until they are symptom free (crutches may be required).

Can you all imagine me on crutches?  With Chloe?  And what do you tell the neighbors?

No, nothing terrible happened.  Just a dancing injuring from gettin’ my groove on.

As you can imagine, I decided to skip the crutches therapy. 

But I did take another piece of the article to heart. 

There are several factors which can predispose patients to developing this condition. These need to be assessed and corrected with direction from a physiotherapist. Some of these factors include:

  • muscle weakness (particularly of the quadriceps, hip flexors or gluteals)

Monday, for the first time in months, I spent time with these guys:

If only my gym looked as pretty

Reunited, but it doesn’t really feel that good.  Yet.

I’ll remain hopeful that we can forge a lasting relationship.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 11:32 am

    Yikes. I am still walking like a grandma from the long run and wondering if I should do another ice bath. brrrrrrr

    But it feels good afterward. I don’t know if that would help, but if they recommend ice at all, an ice bath is a good way to get it over and do it well.

    Just a suggestion. I’ll try to make future suggestions include bacon or alcohol or candy.

    • Juice permalink*
      October 27, 2010 12:54 pm

      I should ice it. Finding the time is actually the hardest part right now! Maybe I’ll bring some frozen veggies into work…

      • October 28, 2010 7:31 am

        No joke – get a bag of frozen peas! They work wonders because they conform to whatever area of the body you are icing!

  2. Brooklyn_Friend permalink
    October 27, 2010 12:44 pm

    Alright Juice, I may just need to haul my butt down to Baltimore just to see you bust a move! What kind of dancing are ya doin’ girlfriend?! (that’s my Suze Orman imitation)

    But then again, you’re talking to the girl who once (but only once!) had to go to the chiropractor after ummm……vaccuming. Yeah, that was sad.

    And two thumbs up Caron! I vote for bacon & alcohol but will swap out the candy for chocolate and ice cream. 🙂

    • Juice permalink*
      October 27, 2010 12:58 pm

      Again, this is why you need a blog. Vacuuming?!?

      And truly, I was just doing average dancing. It’s not like I’m a fly girl or anything. It’s almost like I was

      (wait for it)


      Oh I make myself laugh.

      • debby permalink
        October 27, 2010 10:18 pm

        LOL out loud! You guys are making me feel like a spring chicken!!

        And I laugh too when you make yourself laugh! I guess you’ve figured out by now that I like funny. You are funny!

  3. October 27, 2010 1:44 pm

    I have hip pain too, but mine comes after…(this is embarrassing)…sitting. No lie. If I sit for long periods of time – like at work or watching TV- my left hip hurts something fierce and I have to hobble like an old woman until it gets worked out.

    How pathetic am I?

    At least you were gettin your groove on while you injured yourself – that’s a much better story than “I watched a Golden Girls marathon and I hurt myself.” 😦

    • Juice permalink*
      October 27, 2010 2:00 pm

      It hurts after I’ve been sitting too! Especially after driving. 😦

  4. October 27, 2010 2:46 pm

    I’m with Jill, I have hip aches if I sit funny or get out of the chair at an odd angle (easy to do when you’re manuevering around a sleeping bulldog). I hate how old it makes me feel. But I never feel so bad as to have to go to the gym. Egads!

    On the canker sore issue? I get them every month. That’s right, Mother Nature tortures me in the most nefarious of ways. I get several in my mouth at the same time. I spray them, and take advil, but really…they just have to go away on their own. I hate them. I have been to the very end of Google, reading all about them and have tried pretty much every home remedy ever thought of.

  5. October 28, 2010 12:39 pm

    Ice is a good idea to help with the inflammation but use heat as well for the actual muscle strain. You know my next suggestion…. wait for it… you could get massage done to help to muscle heal. If I were you I would call to make an appointment to get a good rub done to make your strained muscle feel some love 🙂

    Hope you feel better soon

  6. November 2, 2010 4:47 pm

    How’s the hip?? I hear you on the elderly aches and pains, sister! I have been suffering from something called a neuroma in my left foot (kind of like a pinched nerve) and have been hobbling around for about six weeks. Is this what we have to look forward to from now on???

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