A Cause and Cure For Upper Leg Socket Pain
What causes upper leg socket or leg hip-joint pain and how do you fix it? The answer might not be the same for everyone, but I've discovered the secret to what caused mine and how to cure it. I really do believe a great many people can benefit from the exact same solution, but first you must understand and believe what is really causing your leg to feel as though it is being ripped from the socket. If you are suffering or have been suffering from this debilitating, crippling pain, I have a very simple explanation and solution. First, let's make sure we're talking about the same type of pain:
Hip Joint Pain in Upper Right Leg Socket
The best way I can describe this upper leg socket pain is that it feels like my leg is literally being pulled out of the socket, near the inside of the hip and groin. At it's worst, it becomes nearly impossible to lift my leg and certain positions make the pain excruciating. It is difficult to walk and even sleep at times. I felt the first symptoms of this about 40 years ago when I was only a 4th grader. I could barely walk, let alone play football and enjoy my other favorite activities outside with my friends. Overtime the pain and stiffness in the joint loosened up, but it took several weeks for the pain to completely subside. Since that time, the pain and symptoms have returned several times. After 40 years, I've learned to live and cope with this mysterious ailment, but until recently I never took much of an interest in actually identifying the problem and curing it. The pain and stiffness always occurs in my right, upper leg. Some quick internet research proves that this is true of most of us who suffer the problem and perhaps lends a clue to its cause as I'll explain later. First, let me make it clear that my discovery of the cause and solution had very little to do with scientific, systematic research. In fact, I know very little about human anatomy. One of the things that makes this ailment and pain so difficult and troublesome is that it is really hard to identify and point out the exact location. The best way I can describe it is that the pain is deep inside where ice or heat cannot even touch the affected area. If I was going to use a pain medication cream, I wouldn't even know where to put it. It wasn't until I explored my physical habits, posture and tendencies that I stumbled upon the answer to this problem.
The Real Cause of Leg Socket and Hip Joint Pain
I am convinced that my own, upper leg socket and hip joint pain is emotionally caused. Call it nervous tics; anxiety; stress or whatever else you want, but my own physical habits and posture are to blame. One day as I was sitting at my desk at work, something very revealing dawned on me: I was constantly torquing my leg; twisting it, crossing it, folding it under my lap; bending it. As I analyzed that, the whole thing hit my like a ton of bricks. Of course, my leg socket and hip joint were hurting! It is of no surprise that it feels like my leg is being pulled from it's socket. While I'm sitting at my desk, I'm constantly twisting my right leg and putting stress on it. Over time, the constant pressure and stress of unnaturally bending my right leg is bound to make the joint in my hip hurt. I'm damaging my own body, what else would I expect but to feel the effects from that? Yet, why would I do such a thing and why only the right leg?
Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Years ago in grade school, I remember how I used to bend my upper right jaw while I was sitting at my desk in school. I had no reason for it, but I kept doing it until it hurt. This is a classic example of obsessive compulsive behavior, yet I wasn't aware of it. Days later, my jaw and gums would be so incredibly sore, I could barely stand to eat or drink a glass of water. The pain was excruciating, yet for some odd reason I was not even aware of what caused it. It would take me several days to discipline myself to stop repeating the same obsessive, compulsive habit that was causing injury to my jaw. Does this sound familiar to you at all? This is the exact same thing that is going on with my right leg. When I analyzed my posture while sitting at work at my desk or even at home watching TV, I noticed I was doing some very unnatural bending and twisting of my leg. Once I noticed the behavioral pattern, trying to get myself to stop caused me great anxiety. It was a very restless feeling, yet I knew that I would have to discipline myself to give it a chance to work. I made a mental list of the do's and don'ts for curing my own, upper-leg, socket hip-joint pain.
How to Cure Upper Leg Socket and Hip Joint
Things You Shouldn't Do
- Avoid Crossing the Legs: It became obvious to me, that leg crossing puts unnatural stress on the hip joint and socket where the upper thigh part of the leg meets.
- Don't lock the knees: Locking my knees in place while standing or sitting puts pressure on the same hip joint. Don't do it!
- Don't sit on either one of your legs. Doing so is a great way to pull that hip joint away from the socket. Who wants to do that?
- Don't twist or bend the legs. That's putting stress on the ball joint.
Things you Should Do
- Sit Straight with an upright posture.
- Keep both legs and toes facing straight forward
- Resist the temptation and compulsion to twist, turn and contort your legs and hips. Relax and stand up whenever you feel the urge to contort.
- When Driving keep toes pointed towards the road. Probably another reason that hip pain is usually in the right hip is because that is we use the gas and brake pedals with our right feet.
The Cure for Leg, Hip and Joint Pain
Ultimately, the cure for the painful leg socket pain is to resist the urge and nervous compulsion to twist, contort and bend the legs and lock the knees. When I first recognized the bad habit of my posture, it took some very strict discipline to get myself to stop. Like any type of OCD behavior, forcing one's self to practice good posture takes tremendous discipline and will-power. At first, I felt the overwhelming urge to twist my leg and twist it hard - until it hurt. It caused me great anxiety to resit the temptation to fall back into my old habits. My desire and certainty that there was a light at the end of the tunnel is what gave me the perseverance to stop the destructive habit. I also believe that because I'm right-handed and most people are right-handed is a clue to all of this. Most of us are right handed and we put the most emphasis and weight on our right arms and legs. If you research this hip-socket ailment on Google, most of the inquiries are for the right, upper leg. Another common link to the upper, right leg pain seems to be lower back problems. I am unsure whether or not the lower back causes the nervous twitch that throws my hip and leg out of alignment. It is quite possible that the nervous tics and bad habits with my posture are the reason for the lower back problems in the first place. One word of encourage: It is most difficult to give up the bad, physical tics in the first two days. The upside is that I immediately began to feel relief from the pain after day two, which encouraged me to continue disciplining myself and avoid the bad tendencies which were putting stress on my leg socket and hip joint. The light at the end of the tunnel is to freedom from the pain and much better, more fluid and easier motion of the leg. Ultimately, perhaps the leg and hip joint once completely healed will lead to better overall posture which in turn will result in freedom from the lower back pain and stiffness. Good posture means everything. As of this writing, my leg-hip-socket-joint pain is nearly unnoticeable. This is after only two days. I look forward to continuing the effort in getting rid of these destructive habits which wreak havoc on the mind and body. If by any chance, you're also one who suffers from leg-socket and hip joint pain, please let me know how this works for you.
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