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Hip flexor strain

Hip flexor is the collection of muscles that are found in the front part of the hip which helps with forward movement such as walking or running. The hip flexors become stressed when moving the leg to kick or starting a sprint which results to a strain or tearing of one or more of these muscles. A hip flexor strain will result to severe pain in the groin or the frontal area of the hip.

The cases of hip flexor strains varies from partial tear in the muscle which result to minimal pain and unaffected ability to walk or total break in the muscles that results to severe pain and drastically diminished functions.

Causes

  • An acute and spontaneous contraction of the muscle can result to strain such as a sudden kick or turning while running during sports such as soccer or kick boxing.
  • Playing athletic sport activities puts an individual at higher risk to stress and strain the hip flexors.
  • Overuse and repetitive movement can cause straining of the hip flexor muscles.
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle can result to weakness of the hip flexor muscles which makes them susceptible to injury and strain.
  • Sitting for long periods of time in one place
    Hip flexor pain

    Irritating pain felt on the front area of the hip

  • Performing exercises without proper warm up
  • Vehicular accidents or falls can cause straining of the hip flexors.

Symptoms

  • Sudden development of pain
  • The pain becomes worse when trying to move the thigh in a vertical direction
  • Irritating pain felt on the front area of the hip
  • Pain can be felt on the hip flexor with just a slight stretch
  • Sometimes, there is bruising and inflammation when the condition becomes severe.
  • There is tenderness at the front area of the hip.
  • Pain can be felt when folding the leg from the joint of the hip and limping when walking due to pain.

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest especially the affected area. Allow time for the injury to heal, avoid performing any activities that causes pain such as running or lifting the thighs at least for a few days. Light walking helps with the condition.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area. Place ice cubes in a bag and place it over the affected area for at least 5-10 minutes for 4-5 times every day for the initial 2 days. In case ice is not available, a bag of frozen vegetables can be placed on the sore area for at least 20 minutes.
  • Perform ice massage on the sore area. Place water in a Styrofoam cup and then freeze it. Remove the cover of the Styrofoam to expose the ice and then rub the ice on areas that are sore for a few minutes. Take note that this procedure helps with the condition.
  • Apply heat to help relax the muscles. Apply moist heat or a heating pad on the painful areas for at least 15-20 minutes before starting mild stretching exercises.

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