Hip Flexor Pain/ Hip Flexor Strain: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Nagging hip pain can bring your day to a grinding halt. Join Airrosti’s Casey Crisp, DC to learn more about the causes of hip flexor pain and watch as he demonstrates some simple exercises you can do to help prevent hip flexor strains.


Flexors are flexible muscle tissues that help a person stretch and move. The muscles that help you lift your knee toward your body and bend at the waist are known as the hip flexors. These muscles are located around the upper and inner thighs and pelvic region. Keeping the hip flexors strong is particularly important for active people and athletes.

Hip flexor strains and injuries are often caused by “over doing it” (such as exercising) or periods of prolonged sitting combined with weak hip muscles. While hip flexor strains are typically not serious, they can be quite painful and severely limit your activity and mobility. Airrosti rapidly resolves most hip flexor injuries in as few as 3 visits — without the need for injections, medications, or long periods of rest.


Overuse or overstretching of these muscles and tendons can result in injury and accompanying pain, as well as reduced mobility. Athletes who use the hip flexors in their sport and training are more susceptible to this type of injury. Activities such as dancing, martial arts, and running put the hip flexors under the most strain.

However, even the things you do every day — like sitting in front of a computer or at a desk for hours — can both weaken and shorten (tighten) your hip flexors, making them more prone to injury. Because of this, exercises (such as squats) and targeted stretches which focus on strengthening the hip muscles and improving hip mobility are key to preventing injuries.


Symptoms of a hip flexor strain may include:

  • Cramping or pain in the upper leg
  • Muscle spasms in the hip or thighs
  • Reduced mobility and discomfort when moving
  • Inability to continue kicking, jumping, or sprinting
  • Swelling or bruising around the hip or thigh area
  • Tightness or stiffness after being stationary or sleeping


While most hip flexor injuries respond well to conservative care, recovery time can be long and frustrating.

Fortunately, Airrosti has demonstrated a proven ability to rapidly resolve the source of most hip flexor injuries in as few as three visits (based on patient-reported outcomes). We help athletes and other active individuals avoid long recovery times and periods of inactivity. Highly targeted manual therapy and an active training program directed at strength and conditioning of the muscles helps speed recovery and provide lasting results.

Call Airrosti at (800) 404-6050 to see how we can help you get better faster, or click here to schedule your risk-free first appointment now.


Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic

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