Hip pain can arise from a variety of reasons, including long periods spent driving. If you are experiencing hip pain while driving, or even after your journey, this guide is for you. We have included some helpful advice on how to prevent and reduce hip pain that has been either caused or worsened by driving, covering treatment options, helpful exercises, and day-to-day advice.
Being seated for extended periods of time can be a direct factor causing hip pain. Any time you are sitting down for too long, whether at your office desk, around the dining table or even in a cinema, this can result in your hips becoming tight. Driving of course involves sitting down, which can definitely cause hip pain.
The hip flexors and muscles around the hips can tighten and weaken when you are seated for a while, which can result in compression and decreased motion in this area of your body. If your hip flexors are unable to relax and return to their natural length, this can cause hip pain.
If you suffer from hip pain while driving, here are some helpful tips to prevent, or at least reduce your symptoms:
There is a range of over the counter treatments you can take if you are dealing with hip pain. Before seeing your doctor, you might want to try some of the following products to see if they are able to help with your symptoms. Our pharmacists recommend:
These products work in different ways but are all able to help reduce hip pain, depending on how serious it is.
Here is a list of useful stretches you can do to help ease hip pain along with steps on how to perform each exercise.
External hip rotation
Repeat the stretch 5–10 times.
Repeat this exercise 5–10 times on each side.
Double hip rotation
Repeat this exercise 5-10 times on each side.
Hip and lower back stretch
Do 5–10 repetitions of this exercise.
Repeat this exercise 5–10 times on both legs. You could try and raise the resistance, by attaching light weights to your legs.
Do this exercise 5–10 times on one leg before repeating it on the opposite leg.
By regularly stretching your back and hips, sitting with the correct posture, and taking breaks while driving for long periods, you can help to prevent, or at least reduce the amount of hip pain you experience.
If you feel like the pain is significantly impacting your day-to-day life you should consider contacting your doctor or local healthcare professional for advice and potential treatments or investigations they can offer.
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