Work Related Hip Injuries: More Common Than You Think
When one thinks of workplace injuries, the first things that come to mind are low back strains, rotator cuff injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, but not necessarily injuries to the hip. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, hip injuries are fairly common, especially in jobs that require heavy lifting, bending, squatting, climbing, crawling, twisting and pivoting which place additional stress on the hip regions, as well as jobs in which people stand all day.
Hip injury onset can be quick/sudden, such as in a slip and fall injury, or can be very gradual with jobs that involve a common workplace activity that is repeated over and over again. Sudden onset injuries include: strains to the front (hip flexors), inside (Adductors (groin)), or back (hamstrings) of the hip; acetabular labral tears; fractures; or hip joint subluxation or dislocation. Symptoms that occur more gradually are likely a result of stress fractures; impingement at the joint between the hip and pelvis as in a labral tear or cartilage lesion; bursitis; muscle strain; or piriformis syndrome.
Employers can reduce the chances of injury to hips by providing adjustable work surfaces, chairs or stools; protective and proper footwear; opportunities to sit or change position; anti-fatigue mats or shock absorbing floor surfaces; and minimizing lifting, twisting, bending and repetitive stress activities.
Employees can reduce the chances of injury to hips by rearranging work stations; changing positions frequently; standing with one foot in front of another or by shifting your weight from side to side; standing with one foot on a raised surface; avoiding use of high heeled shoes; using orthotics or protective inner soles; and maintaining a healthy and proper weight.