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 is lifted in this motion; it is due to the hip flexors. Since these muscles and tendons are connected 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 are sprained or strained, it means they were overused to the point of stretching or completely tearing.
Causes Of Hip Flexor Strain
The most common cause of hip flexor strain is overuse of the muscles and tendons in the area. When these muscles and tendons are overused, they may strain or sprain. That is why people involved in the following professions are at the most risk of the condition: cycling, dancing, martial arts, football kicker, soccer, and aerobics.
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.
Treatment Of Hip Flexor Strain
Hip flexor strains and sprains should not be taken lightly. These conditions can get worse over time, especially if they are not treated with sports medicine. The first step is a proper assessment. Sports injury treatment includes resting the area, over the counter pain relievers/anti-inflammatory, exercises to strengthen the hip flexor muscle and/or physical therapy.
If you are experiencing pain in your hip flexor, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab Sports Medicine clinic today. 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.