Hip flexor strain occurs when the hip flexor muscles are injured, torn, strained or pulled. Different activities can cause the strain. Damage to the hip area varies from minor to major injuries. The most severe injuries are third-degree sprains. In this condition, the bone breaks along with severe muscle sprain.

The hip flexor muscles include the psoas major and iliacus muscles (iliopsoas) and rectus femoris (part of your quadriceps). The muscles and tendons that connect them to the bones are easily strained if they are overused.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of hip flexor strain include:

  • Sharp and sudden pain in the pelvis or hip. The sharp pain starts after trauma to the hip area.
  • Clenching or cramping sensation in the muscles of the upper leg area.
  • Upper leg feels sore or tender.
  • Bruising or swelling along the thigh or hip area.
  • Tugging sensation in the groin.
  • Pain and discomfort in the upper leg area.
  • Loss of strength in the front of the groin.
  • Muscle spasms in the thigh or hips.
  • Inability to jump, kick or sprint.
  • Stiffness or tightness after being stationary.
  • Discomfort when moving.
  • Reduced mobility.

Causes

Hip flexor strain occurs when the hip flexor muscles and tendons are overused. The tendons and muscles become sore, inflamed and painful.

Athletes and individuals who use the hip flexor muscles in activities such as running, training, and dancing are susceptible to injury or strain. The tear in the hip flexor muscles ranges from mild to severe.

  • Grade I Tear – Minor tear. Only a few fibers are damaged.
  • Grade II Tear – A large number of muscle fibers are damaged.
  • Grade III Tear – The muscle is completely torn or ruptured.

Treatment

The treatment will vary depending on the severity of the injury.

Physical Therapy

Exercises keep the hip flexor muscles supple and flexible. This helps prevent injury. Hip exercises strengthen the hip flexor muscles. The exercises will reduce tension and prevent further injury.

Gentle cycling and swimming are beneficial as they improve strength and prevent hip flexor injuries. Stretches reduce tightness. This improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles.

Get Rest and Avoid Strenuous Activities

Avoid activities that cause further strain to the hip flexor muscles. Resting the muscles will help speed up the healing process. A compression wrap around the affected area will help avoid strain to the muscles.

Apply an ice pack or heat pack to the affected area. This will help relieve pain and inflammation. Over the counter pain relievers provide short-term relief.

Surgery

If the injury is severe, surgery is recommended by the doctor. The surgery will help repair the muscle.

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