Mark, IT worker - Upright Health

Mark, IT worker

“I’m 42 years old, married with two teenagers, and I work in Information Technology. With those three qualities, you can see right away that first I’m at the age when my body starts to betray me with frightening regularity. Second, raising two kids has left me precious little time to focus on my own health. Lastly, since I work in IT, I SIT TOO MUCH in front of computers.

Let me list my activities from high school up until about age 37 football, Tang Soo Do, mountain biking, heavy weightlifting, flag football, volleyball, softball, basketball, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu. Through all of that, my body has been sound and had no major surgeries or injuries. I’ve dealt with rotator cuff problems in both shoulders in my 30’s, but a little therapy, rest, ice, and ibuprofen have helped me find balance and peace with my shoulders without surgery.

Hip problems started to bother me right at age 40. I’ve been at a job sitting A LOT for the last 15 years (including sitting to watch TV and computer games) but I don’t think sitting affected me until I basically went from fairly active to NOTHING starting at about age 37. I noticed a nagging pain deep in both inner/upper hip joint groin area and it really started to feel debilitating. I moved from sitting at my desk to a standing workstation and after two weeks I noticed a little improvement. After a while, I decided to start getting back in shape.

How do you get back in shape when your hips won’t let you open your legs to even stretch? Walking was almost all I could do. There were many times I would almost collapse just trying to bend over to tie my shoes or turning to reach for something. My range of motion was extremely limited for too long. What was I missing? I did rest and ibuprofen. I tried a variety of stretches and hip mobility exercises. I worked on some yoga. The pain in my hips did not allow me to effectively do anything to rehabilitate.

The length of time with no improvement and the nature of the deep, sharp pain in the joint only during certain motions had me doing internet searches and research on structural problems, tendon injuries, and labrum tears. I came across your channel and it clicked. You have several videos on FAI and hip joint pain. What I noticed in your videos that I don’t see a lot of in other related channels was that you focus on STRENGTHENING and ACTIVATING the right muscle groups to make the joint articulate correctly. I realized I had a problem with my glutes!

Now I’m not what I used to be, but my legs and glutes are pretty strong (I’m no stranger to heavy squats) and I’ve got a fair amount of muscle still on me. My problem is not strength, it’s ACTIVATION. All of the sitting I’ve done and lack of activity has turned those muscles off and they were not doing what they were supposed to when I was performing daily functional activity — bending over, or trying to stretch or just getting out of bed!

Your video, “FAI and physical therapy plus are you really tearing a labrum?” was the first one I watched and it spoke to me. It was everything I was feeling and fearing. Your related FAI videos that show stretches, as well as isolation and activation of the glutes and hamstrings, had me moving and feeling better in less than a week. I’m still not 100%, but that is probably because I’m not as consistent as I should be with what I’ve learned. I’ll get there. If I know anyone with chronic hip joint pain, I’m going to tell them to check out your channel immediately before they try anything else.”

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