Yoga is a good form of exercise, but experts warn it can lead to serious hip injuries in some women.
If someone is too flexible and gets into the end range of a pose without good support and muscle stability, it can cause wear and tear on joints, Awan said.
While injuries to the lower back, knees and wrists are more common, hip injuries can be more significant and need surgery, he told CBC’s Kim Brunhuber.
“There’s a rim of cartilage inside the socket portion that can become torn,” he demonstrated with a model of a hip, the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint. “That can lead to surgery because the cartilage doesn’t heal well typically. If you continue to have cartilage loss, you’ll get arthritis, and this may lead to hip replacement or an artificial hip.”
Riki Richter has been teaching yoga for 14 years and has taught anatomy and injury prevention to aspiring yoga instructors.
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