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It’s ‘HIP’ to Keep Moving!

Growing older is simply a part of life; there is no way to avoid it. Our hair will go gray, our skin will change its texture and begin to wrinkle, and we will experience muscle atrophy … if we don’t maintain an active lifestyle. One thing you should surely be proactive about and aim to minimize is hip pain.
As people age, most experience limited range of movement or tightness with their hips. Surprisingly, the hip joint is truly one of the toughest and hardest in the body.
Today, we live in a society where the majority of people sit most of the time and they are not getting much exercise. There is not much stretching or strengthening of the hip joint and surrounding musculature. Even though we live in a fast-paced world, the sedentary lifestyle tends to rule. More people are less active now than ever before.
Back to the hip joint. When we are sitting for extended periods of time, our hip flexors actually become shorter. These are the muscles that we use to move our legs up and down and help to keep the spine in alignment and stabilized. Our hip flexors also get shorter as we age, which can cause pain and other issues, not just with your hips, but also in your lower back, your knees, or even your feet.
These problems can be exacerbated by how we sleep and the lack of stretching or exercise we are getting. Further, our gluteus muscles, which are also playing a role in the mobility of our hips, also get weakened when we sit for extended periods of time. Logically, it makes sense that more and more people are complaining of tight or painful hips as they get older.
Implementing an effective strength and conditioning program is going to play a role in alleviating any pain or instability. Further, utilizing a simple stretching program will also yield amazing results.
It is important to work to maintain a way that is compatible with your body type. You should set a goal to commit to some sort of daily activity and exercise that keeps you moving and will help strengthen your hips. As for diet, is important to eat a healthy, calcium inclusive diet.
If you are experiencing any hip pain or discomfort of any kind, it is important for you to have a professional evaluation to determine the root cause of your problems. If you are looking in the Wyckoff area for a physical therapy practice, look no further than Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation.
Schedule your free first evaluation with us today!

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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