Your hip flexor muscles can become painful due to a range of issues such as overuse from poor biomechanics and movement patterns or strain of your hip flexor muscles themselves. Your hip flexors are made up of a group of muscles around the hip and pelvis.
Hip Flexor Muscle Strain
Hip flexor strains can happen during activities such as kicking a football, cycling or sprinting fast. If you haven’t warmed up properly before performing these movements, there is a greater chance of getting a hip flexor muscle strain.
A hip flexor strain will initially feel like a sharp pain or pull at the front of your hip or groin region. Most often the strain will be minor with only a small amount of pain present allowing you to keep playing a sport or running. If it’s a severe hip flexor strain, the pain will be quite severe, your hip flexor may spasm and then feel weak and you won’t be able to continue playing or running.
If you have a hip flexor strain lifting your knee towards your chest will be painful as will activities such as running, kicking or walking upstairs. Often the pain may linger and your hip can feel stiff after you have tried to perform any of these aggravating movements.
Your hip flexor muscles are a group of muscles at the front of your hip. Your hip flexor muscles are responsible for moving your knee towards your chest. When there is too much tension placed on your hip flexor muscles some or all of the muscle fibres may tear.
Hip Flexors and your Biomechanics
Poor movement control, which is a product of some muscles being underactive and some muscles being overactive, can also produce hip flexor pain. For example, if you squat incorrectly, hip flexor pain can develop due to a weakness in your gluteal muscles and tightness in your hip flexor muscles. If you can’t stay upright during a deep squat this indicates a lack of gluteal (buttock) strength and tightness in your anterior hip flexors.
Your hip flexors are also affected by too much sitting and will tighten up if you don’t move out of a seated position for hours or stretch them out regularly.
Physio for Hip Flexor Pain
Your Physiotherapist at Saanich Physio will perform a variety of treatment techniques to address your specific hip pain issues. These may include soft tissue massage of tight structures, low back and hip joint mobilisation, hip and groin stretches’, dry needling, ice or heat treatment, advice regarding anti-inflammatory medication, exercises to improve your hip strength and range of movement, education, biomechanical correction and a graded return to sports programme.