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Why Does My Hip Hurt? - 3 Reasons Why Your Hip Hurts in Your Upstroke While Cycling

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I am glad you are taking the time to read this next post about hip pain, cycling, and why it is happening to you


I know I have been bouncing around lately with topics but write these posts based on experiences of patients and athletes I come across, what they have been doing with, and give you immediate and actionable tips about how you can get closer to being pain free.


Cycling is a very common recreational activity and sport that is great for the cardiovascular system and is low impact. Therefore, it is great for those who are worried about impactful activities (but remember, tolerable impact activity is still a good thing to have). This post is more for those who are more into the competitive form of cycling as this is more common based on the higher aggression in the fit of the bicycle to make the rider more aerodynamic and thus faster.


Now each of these points is not cut and dry and the rider can be dealing with more than just one of these at the same time (you may be dealing with all three!!). At the end of the day, if none of these tips seem to make your hip pain completely go away I advise you see your most trusted Physical Therapist who has experience with cyclists and hip pain to help you trouble shoot this issue with you.


Without further ado, it's time to get started:


  1. Incorrect Bike Fit Appropriate bike fit is very key in any cycling athlete as it will optimize your performance in the sport or just in recreation altogether. Having the appropriate bike fit will also allow for evenly distributed amount of stresses as well on joints, muscles, and tendons to minimize injury. Either when a cycling athlete would like to have a more aggressive bike position or certain components on the bike are leading to a specific environment that will generate hip pain. Our hips have a g