Prolonged Sitting Promotes Hip Stiffness

Workplaces in the United States (U.S.) now house a number of jobs that require computer work, driving, and telephone-based activities. Office workers may spend up to three-fourths of their workday sitting.  If you are sitting for hours on end without taking frequent breaks, like getting up and walking around, your hips will eventually start complaining and you will start having pain.

What is hip impingement?

Hip impingement is when two bones rub against each other in the hip joint.

Why does it happen?

Most people with hip impingement have an unusually shaped hip joint that causes the bones to press against each other.

How can I tell if I have it?

Hip impingement typically causes pain in the front and outside of the hip area. You might have pain when you sit for a long time, lean forward to put on socks or shoes, get in or out of a car, or pivot when playing sports.

Hip impingement may cause you to experience:

  • Pain that begins gradually and may worsen with time. People with hip impingement often describe their pain by making a “C” with the thumb and hand and placing it on the fold at the front and side of the hip. This is called the “C” sign.
  • Groin pain or discomfort in the outside of the hip, thigh, low back, or buttocks.
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when squatting, sitting and standing, or performing athletic moves like running, “cutting,” jumping, twisting, pivoting, or moving side to side.
  • Loss of motion or a stiff feeling when rotating your leg inward and/or lifting your leg.
  • Pain that increases after sitting for long periods or leaning forward.

Practice Sit-to-Stand!

So, if you have a sedentary work/life balance. Set an alarm and get moving; take a brief walk, and do some sit-to-stand exercises. Any movement will be good in reducing the risk of long-term pain and injury associated with sitting for long periods of time.