The pain is typically from the bottom of your back, the muscles in your lower legs and thighs, and the muscles around your hips.
You may also feel pain in your butt or in your lower back. This pain can be felt under your hips or thighs.
The pain will get worse when you rest or change positions. It can be severe enough to cause you to stop exercising and rest.
Pain after exercise
The pain may be felt in your lower back, hip, and butt. It can be severe and last for a few hours or days.
The pain may be felt after you work out, but it may not be related to your workout. For example, the pain may be caused by an injury.
You may also feel pain after you stretch or strengthen muscles.
What can help?
The most common causes of hip pain are:
- Muscle strain
- Tightness in the muscles
- Herniated disk
- Bone spurs
- Bone fractures
- Joint replacement
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip dysplasia
The pain may be mild or severe, but it’s important to find out what is causing the pain.
If you’re having trouble breathing or experiencing dizziness, see your doctor. Your doctor may recommend:
- Nerve pain
How is it treated?
Your doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. Then they may order tests, such as:
- MRI scans
- CT scans
Your doctor will also check your muscle strength and flexibility.
Depending on your symptoms, the doctor may recommend:
- Rest and ice. If you’re having trouble breathing, you may want to rest for a few hours. After resting, you can use an ice pack to help the pressure on the back and side of your hip.
- Physical therapy. Your doctor may recommend exercises that help strengthen and stretch your muscles.
Your doctor may also prescribe you pain relievers, such as:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. These include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil).
- Steroid injections. Steroids may help reduce inflammation and pain. They can be given in the area where the pain is located.
What you can expect?
There is no typical pain cycle. Pain can last for several hours to several days. You may feel pain anywhere in your body.
After a workout, you may feel some pain, often in the lower back and buttocks. You may also feel pain in your lower legs, hips, and buttocks.
Exercises for hip pain
The following exercises can help strengthen the muscles and help reduce hip pain.
To do each of these exercises:
- Start on your hands and knees, with your back pressed into the floor.
- Slowly lift one leg above your head.
- Hold for 5 seconds.
- Slowly lower the leg.
- Repeat with the other leg.
1. Start with your feet raised, and then slowly lower your legs as far as you can.
2. Do 2 sets of 10 reps.
3. Repeat with the other leg.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Bend your left knee and place your right foot on a step.
3. Hold for 5 seconds.
4. Return to the starting position.
5. Do 2 sets of 10 reps.
1. Begin with your feet together and your arms stretched out to the side.
2. Slowly lower your arms to the floor.
3. Do 2 sets of 10 reps.
1. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front.
2. Straighten your legs so your feet are at 90 degrees.
3. Slowly raise your legs 6 inches off the floor.
4. Repeat 10 times.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
What is menopause?
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when her menstrual cycle stops.
Menopause can be either natural or caused by surgical menopause.
Symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes. These are the most common symptom and typically happen in the late 40s or early 50s. They may be the most bothersome, though.
- Night sweats. This symptom may be more common in late menopause.
- Vaginal dryness. This happens when the vagina doesn’t produce enough estrogen.
- Mood changes. These can include depression, irritability, and anxiety.
- Loss of interest in sex.
- Weight gain.
These symptoms can be uncomfortable and may lead to isolation. If your symptoms are bothersome, talk to your doctor. They may refer you to a fertility specialist.
What are the risk factors for menopause?
Certain factors increase your risk of menopause.
Factors that increase a woman’s risk of menopause include:
- Age. The average age of menopause is 51.
- Race. You’re more likely to go through menopause earlier if you’re white.
- Family history. If your mother or father had menopause, you’re more likely to go through it too.
- Hormonal birth control. If you’re on birth control pills, you’re more likely to have a natural menopause.
- Hormone therapy. If you’re on long-term hormone therapy, your risk of going through menopause earlier is higher.
- Other conditions. If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you’re more likely to go through menopause earlier.
If you have more than one risk factor, talk to your doctor. They may refer you to a fertility specialist.
How does menopause affect the body?
During menopause, your body changes. These changes can cause symptoms.
Menopause may cause:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood changes
- Loss of interest in sex
- Weight gain
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
What’s the outlook?
Pain after exercise can be caused by muscle strains, tightness, or bone spurs. Your pain may be mild, moderate, or severe.
The best way to treat the pain is to rest, ice, and take medications to relieve any pain or swelling.
Work with your doctor to find an exercise program that fits your needs and lifestyle. Then follow the recommended exercise program.
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