As discussed before, the hip flexor is a muscle group that encompasses many smaller muscles mostly at the front of your body in your hip region. If you want more details please refer to our articles focusing on the hip flexor anatomy.
The Hip Flexor is the most important muscle group for lifting up the leg, which we do for many common activities. As you can imagine if you injure this area it can be very problematic. This article will focus on what happens when you get a hip flexor injury and what the implications are.
Hip Flexor Injury Causes
In day-to-day activity, most actions will never come close to damaging the hip flexors severely, however, in any athletic activity there is always a risk.
The most common hip flexor injury is not blunt trauma, but rather an excessive stretch of the muscle, a hip flexor pull in other words. A pull can happen in several ways, running, jumping, shuffling, and any other explosive sports. Modern sports are extremely fast, which push athletes to be faster all the time, and when you try to go just that little bit faster, that little extra extension of the leg can cause an injury.
The other type of injury that you may develop is hip flexor tendonitis, which is basically an overuse injury that causes the attached tendons to get inflamed and cause pain.
If you want a full list of symptoms and tests please visit our page all about hip flexor pain, but I’ll still go over the general symptoms of injury to the hip flexor region. In general it is common to feel pain anywhere where the muscles are located along the frontal hip region. If there is significant inflammation due to a condition or reaction to a blunt trauma it will most likely hurt significantly when you touch it.
Muscle pulls on the other hand will not be as painful to touch, but will be very painful whenever you try to use the afflicted muscles. For most of the hip flexor muscles this means that when you lift your leg up it will hurt, but remember that some of the muscles have secondary functions.
Healing your Hip Flexor
Picking up an injury is never fun, what’s even less fun is waiting for that injury to heal, which is why it is a common goal to heal that hip flexor injury as fast as possible in order to get back to playing! In order to do so please refer to our injury recovery articles which cover every step of the recovery from the injury to getting back to 100%! By following the proper recovery path you will ensure that you will not worsen your hip flexor injury any more to the point that surgery may be required.
Diagnosis and Treatment Resources:
If you have gotten injured also check out our Hip flexor pain page in order to classify the type and degree of injury you have gotten(is it a hip flexor strain?). Once you have classified your injury you can then learn the safest and most effective way to recover. If you know what your hip flexor injury is and would like to navigate to treatment articles visit our homepage all about your hip flexor.