Linda’s back and hip hurt. Here’s what she told me:
“I drive for a living. Drive up to 10 hrs a day, my hip & back hurt nearly all the time. I am 51 years old. My hip (I think it’s the iliopsoas, but my rehab guy says tight quadriceps)… anyway that little muscle will go into spasm and it’s quite miserable.”
Here is what I told Linda:
I’m thinking that your seat may be not quite close enough to the wheel. That would cause you to strain the upper back muscles.
Additionally, it causes less upper back strain if you hold the wheel at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock rather than higher.
And if there isn’t a lumbar support that fits you, you can make one from a folded hand towel or create a “pillow” from a batt of fiberfill. Get it at a fabric store or KMart and fold it to where it feels good for you.
You can put it into a pillow case or not. Make a few different sizes and you can switch as the day goes on. Muscles like to be in a lot of different positions. Sometimes use a lumbar support, sometimes not. It goes behind your natural waist.
Both you and your rehab guy could be right about the muscles involved. Tell me the really specific location of your hip pain and I can give you more ideas.
Is it actually AT the hip joint on the side of the upper leg? More in the buttocks? Which part?
When you sit all day long the front of your leg muscles will get short and tight and that includes both iliopsoas and quads and the medial (inner thigh) muscles.
The more information (clues) that I have about symptoms, the better job I can do of long-distance assessing to help you get rid of a back or hip pain problem.
But I do know this: The muscles that need to be stretched are all in the front of your body from knees to neck and that includes the quadriceps and iliopsoas. And a tight iliopsoas will cause lower back pain.
Stretching the muscles in the front of your body and strengthening the back muscles, as well as using appropriate props like lumbar supports when needed, will help you get your muscles back in balance and get rid of your hip pain and back pain naturally.