Hello, thank you very much for your time,
I have an injury related to the hip; however, before I discuss that, I think some background on me might help the analysis.
I am a 22 year old, 6'1", 180 lb male. In high school, I was on a swim team. In college, I stopped exercising for several years. Back in 2007, I started exercising again. I started running 3 times a week, generally 5k (3 miles) each time. I also started lifting weights and continued this routine up through this Spring. I thought I was in pretty good shape. I could exercise everyday without injury by focusing on different muscle groups each day. I had made longer runs, up to 8 miles. I could bench press well over my body weight.
This past semester, I took a karate course at my college. At first, I did very well. The drills weren't that hard for me since I was quite active before starting the course, and I was very interested in the material. I learned about new stretches and performed them. Sometimes we had paired stretching for the legs to improve leg flexibility. I did not have any trouble with this though it was intense. Half way through the semester, we began to learn how to kick and went through a series of drills for a defensive kick and an attacking kick which involved jumping forward into the opponent. We never actually kicked anything but air. The drills were only for technique, but we kicked with full force.
I was still lifting weights and trying to run though I hadn't ran as much due to a busier class schedule. One day after we had started kicking, I went out for a 5k. I wanted to get my distance back up, lately I had been doing 1 or 2 miles runs. The run itself went fine, but afterward, my right hip was sore. The pain increased and was present for over a week. It hurt to sit, to stand, to lay down. The hip also popped, I could feel it pop though I never heard it pop. I was so sore, and I numbed the pain with ice and ibuprofen. Then it started to get better so I went back to class and naturally continued to kick thinking that it was just something related to running, and I had just done too much too fast. I have not ran again since this time. Throughout the semester the pain would return in the right hip and the left hip after kicking. It was very stubborn of me to continue with it, but I was so interested in the material, I couldn't stop.
Now, the pain is less severe. I have been swimming and walking to try and keep up the strength/flexibility in the legs; however, I have lost a lot of muscle mass in my legs from lack of running this semester. Lately, there is a soreness that comes and goes in the hips and in the legs. Sometimes there is pain in my left calf. However, I think this may be due to the legs getting weaker and sore easier perhaps.
I would very much appreciate any input you can give me about what this problem may be. I may be able to get better, but I want to learn about the problem, so I can avoid it in the future. I realize it is probably due to repetitive stress on the legs from kicking, but I want to find out exactly what the problem is, lack of flexibility? overuse? I also want to know if there are other remedies I might use before going to see a specialist. I'm just a poor college student after all :)