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Hip Pain: How to Treat and Prevent Soreness From Squatting

If you haven’t officially injured yourself, but your hips hurt, here is what to do.

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WHAT YOU DID

Heavy squats for months. You haven’t officially injured yourself, but your hips hurt.

WHAT YOU FEEL

Pain in the hips, glutes, or upper thighs around your pelvis, especially when you squat. You may also feel a deep and sometimes sharp ache in your hip joints.

THE DIAGNOSIS

It could be tightness in the hip flexors. If you feel it in your joints, it could be torn cartilage in the acetabular socket, where the femur bone inserts.

THE TREATMENT

Take three to four weeks off from squatting. During that time, perform the hip exercises on the following page at least four times a week. Continue with any exercises you were doing for your glutes and core. This will help keep the pain away.

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