Female with strained hip flexor.

The most common cause of hip flexor strain is overuse of the muscles and tendons in the area.

A hip flexor strain can be very painful and debilitating. Hip flexors are the muscles that help people lift their knees toward their body. Anytime the knee lifts in this motion; it is due to the hip flexors. Since these muscles and tendons connect to bones in the body, they can become over-stressed easily. When there is a sprain, it is an issue with ligaments, while a strain is a muscle-problem. If the ligaments or muscles in the area sprain or strain, it means overuse occurred to the point of stretching or completely tearing.

What are the causes of hip flexor strain?

The most common cause of hip flexor strain is overuse of the muscles and tendons in the area. Overuse in these muscles and tendons may lead to strain or sprain. Some professions are more at risk for the condition. These include cycling, dancing, martial arts, football kicker, soccer, and aerobics.

What are the symptoms of hip flexor strain?

The biggest symptom of a hip flexor strain or sprain is a pain at the very front of the hip. However, some other symptoms can also occur, such as sudden pain in the hip area, increasing pain when you lift up your thigh, pain while stretching the hips, hip tenderness, swelling and muscle spasms in the area.

What is the treatment for hip flexor strain?

Hip flexor strains and sprains are serious injuries. These conditions can get worse over time if they are not treated with sports medicine. The first step is a proper assessment. Resting the area and over the counter pain relievers can reduce pain and swelling. Sports injury treatment can strengthen the hip flexor muscle for long-term benefits.

If you are experiencing pain in your hip flexor, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab Sports Medicine clinic. Dr. Bob will diagnose the cause of your pain and create a custom treatment plan for your unique condition. He will ensure you are back to full health and recover from your sports injuries fast.