1. Avoid crossing your legs: Every time Haley would sit down she would cross her legs. It’s something she has done for years and never gave any thought to it. It’s alright to do if your hips are healthy, but crossing your legs when you already have hip pain can make it stick around much longer. It ends up pulling at the muscles in the back of your hip, and can also cause pinching in the groin area.
2. Avoid sleeping on your side without a pillow between your legs: When you sleep on your side without a pillow between your legs, it puts your leg into a similar position as crossing it. This can cause pinching in the joint (typically felt in the front) as well as strain the muscles in the back of the hip.
3. Avoid sleeping on the painful hip: Haley was a side sleeper, so she would toss and turn between her hips. But sleeping on the painful hip would almost always cause her to wake up in the middle of the night with pain along the outside of the hip and down the leg. If you’ve experienced that, it’s likely that there is inflammation happening while you sleep that’s causing the pain to stick around. You’re also not getting a full nights’ sleep which is best for healing.
4. Avoid sticking your hip out to the side: For Haley in particular this was a big one. She had a habit of carrying her 4 year old on one hip and sticking that hip out to the side. This can cause a lot of pressure in the hip, not to mention the lower back.
5. Avoid ignoring it and hoping it will just get better on its own: It’s completely normal to fall into the trap of thinking “I’m too busy to take care of this right now, and it’s not yet bad enough for me to get help.” Waiting to get the right help is often what makes it take longer to heal. The longer that joint pain persists, the higher the likelihood that someone might need surgery years down the road. It’s best to get it fixed right.