I've had a sore hip for at least a couple of years - nothing too serious, but something I wanted to get checked and sorted. Stretching, physio and yoga have done nothing to improve it and I've always felt that it isn't a muscular problem anyway.
An x-ray yesterday showed that I've probably got a femoral impingement, a lump of bone on the neck of my femur that prevents the joint moving properly and can lead to early arthritis. For me, this kind of explains why I've never been able to throw my leg of the saddle of my bikes like other people do. It probably affects both sides as well, although the left side isn't showing significant symptoms yet. It's a problem that affects young active people, I understand.
The treatments range from non-operative hip strengthening techniques, to keyhole surgery to repair any damage, right up to open-hip surgery, breaking the pelvis to realign the joints on both sides. The last option would, of course, mean a long period of inactivity and recovery, which is a bit pants for a keen cyclist/snowboarder who wanted to teach snowboarding for a living within a couple of years. However, when the consultant started talking about hip replacements , it scared the hell out of me. I'm only 35 and consider myself to be fitter than I've ever been.
I've done some research online and found plenty of information - some encouraging, some worrying. Interestingly, stretching and yoga are thought to make the problem worse, which is something I noticed. Does anyone have any first-hand experience of this problem? I'd be really interested to hear from you.