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

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.

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

What are hip flexors?

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 things and pelvic region. Keeping the hip flexors strong is particularly important for active people and athletes.

What causes a hip flexor strain/injury?

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.

What are the symptoms of a hip flexor strain/injury?

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
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