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Yoga: Good for the body but can cause hip pain

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More and more people are practicing to yoga. There's no doubt yoga is extremely beneficial for the body but doctors say it can cause injuries, especially hip pain.

They say yoga students need to pay attention to their bodies and any pain they're feeling.

"As with any exercise you would want to be smart about what you're doing and how far you're pushing that" says Doctor Kevin Burroughs, a Sports Medicine Specialist at Cabarrus Family Medicine Sports Medicine and Injury Care.

Dr. Burroughs says he has seen patients who developed tendonitis, bursitis, and muscle strains from over-use in yoga. But he says there are other injuries some yoga students are experiencing in their hips.

"If there is an underlying condition - whether that be arthritis in the older patient or another condition is called Femoraocetabular Impingement or FAI" says Dr. Burroughs. "It's an abnormal shape that happens in the hip and the neck of the femur."

Dr. Burroughs says it builds up a bony bump and "whenever you try to put the hip in a flexed position, you're going to get an impingement or a pinch on the cartilage that is the rim of the hip joint. And as it starts to do that repetitively, you can start to fray or tear that labrum. Those are significant types of hip injuries you would get."

Adam Whiting is a Certified Yoga Instructor at Y2 Yoga in Charlotte. He says he doesn't have any students with hip pain. He says instructors at Y2 Yoga make it a point to walk around the class and observe students.

"We teach mindfulness of self - how you treat yourself" says Whiting. "What we look for in group classes is proper alignments of the body. So we're looking for where the toes are pointed, where the rotation of the hips is, whether our core is engaged."

Whiting says some yoga injuries can be avoided if instructors pay attention to their students' muscle awareness around joints.

"It's fairly easy to see if you're observing whether the student is engaged the correct way or disengaged and just dumping into the opening and that's where the injuries tend to occur"
 says Whiting.

Some women are not listening to their bodies during yoga class.

According to Dr. Burroughs, some women are pushing their bodies pass the point of flexibility where it should be.

"Joint laxity is where the ligament that holds the ball inside of the socket. In some individuals, just the way that tissue is made is a little bit more loose or stretchy than it would be for other people and so as you take that into a position - you take it pass where it would be meant to go" says Dr. Burroughs.

He says some women can avoid injuries by "just scaling back because they can be too aggressive in those types of motions."

Whiting says "as yoga teachers and as yoga students we need to be mindful that if we truly listen to our own bodies. We push it so we grow and get stronger and more open. But we know that boundary between how far to push to get stronger, to get more open, and more flexible, also to remain healthy."

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