A hip flexor strain refers to an injury that involves the tearing of one or more of the muscles that located at the front of the hip called the hip flexor muscles. The tight hip flexor muscles include the psoas minor muscle, the psoas major muscle, the iliopsoas muscle and the Sartorius’ muscle. This is a muscle among the hip flexor muscles that is most commonly affected by a tight hip flexor strain.
What is hip flexor strain?
Hip flexor strain is called as psoas strain, hip flexor tear, hip flexor injury, pulled hip flexor and strained iliopsoas muscle and so on. A hip flexor strain is characterized by tearing of single and multiple hip flexor muscles that resulting in pain often in the front side of the hip. A collection of muscles that present at the front side of the hip is known as the hip flexors. The most affected muscle in tight hip flexor strain is iliopsoas muscle. This muscle begins from the lower back and then insert into the femur.
The hip flexors will help in bending the hip that performing the activities and active while kicking and sprinting. By stretching of the hip flexors will result in putting the stress through the hip flexor muscle fibers. Tearing of the hip flexors will range from a small partial tear that leads to minimal loss of function and then a minimal pain to a total rupture that involves a major disability and severe pain.
Causes of hip flexor strain:
Hip flexor strain is caused due to a contraction of the hip flexor muscles in stretched position. Hip flexor strain is caused by performing the activities like sprinting and kicking. This results from a sudden explosive movement like performing a long kick in football without warm up. Hip flexor strain is frequently seen in kicking and then running sports like football.
Other causes of hip flexor strain include
- Muscle weakness, hip flexors, and gluteals.
- Muscle tightness, hamstrings, hip flexors or gluteals.
- Inadequate warm up.
- Poor posture
- Muscle imbalances
- Decreased fitness
Symptoms of hip flexor strain:
The signs and symptoms of hip flexor strain are
- Pain is experienced at the front side of the hip
- There will be sudden development of pain
- Worsening of pain when the thigh is raised against resistance
- Pain is experienced on stretching these muscles
- Swelling in severe cases
- Tenderness is felt when firmly touching the area at the front side of the hip
The hip flexor is responsible for significant leg movement that includes lifting your thigh. When you strain the muscles of your hip flexor then they might tear, causing pain and impaired movement. You can heal these strained muscles by being patient with your body and then utilizing common sense. When these hip flexor fibers tear then you experience an injury called hip flexor strain that causes minimal pain in case of a severe pain.