A hip flexor strain is a painful injury that is most often caused when you overdo it when working out or participating in a sports activity. While not typically considered a serious injury, it can cause fairly severe pain and discomfort while keeping you out of action for days, weeks, or in the most extreme cases, months.
If left undiagnosed or untreated, a hip flexor strain can lead to more pain and a longer recovery. Especially if you exercise regularly or play sports, it is important to fully understand what a hip flexor is, how it is caused, and what the most effective treatments are to get you back on the court, field, or gym as fast as possible.
Your hip flexors are made up of a series of muscles responsible for allowing you to flex your knees and legs up in the direction of your chest in a “flexion” movement. Hip flexor muscles bring the bones of your leg and hip together at the hip joint.
Hip flexor muscles can become strained when subjected to sudden movements when participating in athletic and strenuous activities as:
You do not have to be an athlete or engaging in physical activity to suffer a hip flexor strain. A slip and fall accident can result in trauma to the area that can lead to a painful strain.
Muscle strains are classified into three grades based on the severity of the injury and the extent of the damage.
Just a few muscle fibers are damaged in the most minor tear classification.
Significant damage to a number of the muscle fibers results in a moderate loss of function in your hip flexor.
The muscle has been completely torn or ruptured. Those who suffer from a Grade III hip flexor tear will walk with a limp during an extended recovery period.
While painful, hip flexor strains can sometimes be treated at home without the need for prescription pain medication or a trip to the doctor. Rest is the most effective treatment for muscle strains, sidelining you from activities for at least a few days. Applying ice to the affected area can help ease any pain or discomfort associated with the injury. In rare cases, larger, more substantial tears may require surgery.
Some hip flexor strains can be treated at home without having to see a physician or therapist. Preventative care and treatment from professional orthopedic care specialists at Joint Pain Orthopedics provide a wide range of options to prevent injury while offering effective solutions to those with chronic joint pain. With any injury or illness, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor or other medical professionals.
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