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How to tell if you have Hip Flexor Strains

I’ve been to the GP last month because of pain in my hips. I am worried because I sometimes have difficulty ascending stairs and am afraid that I might have broken something. I can’t recall having any bad fall or injuries to that particular area, which adds to my anxiety on what was probably wrong with me. Another thing is that, I was trying to join our company’s fun run that was scheduled that same month, and have been training hard for it, so much preparation just to get waylaid by this pain.

After several x-rays and a thorough study of the area, and much to my relief, I was diagnosed with Hip Flexor Strain. And that the pain that was causing me problems, is from the nerves in my tendons that are being stretched to their limits. The doctor said, that I may have been performing my exercises incorrectly, and advised me that for the meantime, I have to stop performing any activities that include my hips.

Since then, I’ve done my research with regards to hip flexor pain, its probable causes, and also of how to address it. Although I am still hurting a little bit, I am now comfortable with my disability. Knowing how something works and facing it, definitely removes the fear from the equation. What follows are the things I have learned about it.

Causes of Hip Flexor Strains

  • Repetitive actions, that involve the hips which borders on overuse
  • Trauma, from any form of accident in that particular area
  • Muscle weakness, particularly of the Psoas and Iliacus muscles
  • Poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle, hip muscles may contract and harden from inactivity
  • Exceedingly forceful use of hips, like strongly kicking an object

Several symptoms make themselves felt once you have hip flexor injuries. Pain that is felt in the hip area is the first sign, it may also radiate to the thighs and the upper part of your legs. When you have difficulty raising your knee, or actions that pull the knee towards the body become painful, chances are you have a hip muscle strain or tear. Pain when doing side to side movements also indicates muscle problems in your hip.

What you can do when you have Hip Flexor Strains

  • Check with a doctor first when you are feeling pain and are unsure of what is causing it
  • Using of ice packs over the area in 20 minute durations for 2-3 days will provide pain relief
  • If pain becomes unbearable, the use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines is recommended
  • Resting of affected area from unnecessary movements to give it time to recover
  • Rehabilitation exercises on the hips when they are strong enough
  • Reconstructive surgery if hip muscles are fully torn

Hip flexor muscles, or any kind of muscles in our body are often ignored, that is until something gets terribly wrong with them. Carefully tending to our body, and realizing its different capacities, lengthens its service to us. Like warming up before strenuous activities, of never positioning our extremities in awkward positions, or never exceeding the natural range of our body’s movements, minimizes our risk of injuring it.

I never did get to run in that marathon, and I could not even get up of my bed, for a day, because of the pain. I learned many things from that episode, and I promised myself to take better care of my body.

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My Pet Yorkie Poodle

Thanks to the recent advances with regards to dog breeding, we now have a vast amount of freedom in choosing the dogs we really want. Be it big, small, or very small, fluffy, long haired and even bald, the choices we now have on dogs seem limitless.

Take for example the simple Poodle, a dog which originated in Germany as waterdogs, and originally kept as hunting dogs through all of Europe, today has many variants to choose from. In fact, according to pertinent sources in the web, the Poodle now has seventy-three kinds of Poodle mixes or crossbreeds registered with the American Dog Breeders Association and more on the way.

Such fascination man has with the Poodle breed that it is always paired with other breed of dogs to produce a pet with a myriad of different characteristic that suit almost every taste and need. Maybe it is because of the poodle’s intelligence and the way their hair never sheds or some other factor, but it truly is one of the most sought after dog around.

My dog Lucy is a perfect example of a poodle cross. Lucy is a Yorkie Poodle, also called as Yorkie-Poo, and is a mix-breed dog that is a product between a Poodle and a York Shire Terrier. Yorkie Poodles are characterized by medium length fluffy hair that does not shed or fall off, stands at about seven inches to one foot tall and generally weighs around five to fourteen pounds. Yorkie Poodles are bred for the Poodle’s intelligence and gentleness, and the Terrier’s size, energy and overall cuteness. The product of which is a trainable dog that is lively, affectionate, gentle and generally awesome to look at.

Yorkie Poodles are nice dogs to be around with owing to their gusto and zeal for life. If you really do not mind their barking, which they seem to do a lot and is its only drawback, this dog is highly recommended, especially as a family dog that the children would love. Yorkie Poodle also is dog of choice primarily of persons suffering from allergies and is also very sensitive to irritants, as the Yorkie Poo’s hair is low on dander and also sheds very rarely. Typical owners of Yorkie Poo’s include the elderly, mentally challenged individuals and also people sick with the various illness derived or originating from stress.

Lucy, my Yorkie Poo is typically very genial and accommodating, that even complete strangers can get to pet and play with her without fear of being bitten or nipped. But she does draw the line on being handled and picked up, as was my neighbor’s consternation and surprise the time he hoisted Lucy to his bag. Lucy generally is contented just to sit on my lap whenever I am working on a plan or drawing an architectural design, and also always follow me around the house very animatedly, like it was mealtime every time. She does keep busy sometimes, mainly with my shoes and other stuff, but rarely does she destroy any of them.

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