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What Is a Hip Flexor Tear or Strain?

What Is a Hip Flexor Tear or Strain?

From bending down to pick something up off the ground to kicking a soccer ball into a goal, many of your everyday physical motions are made possible by your hips. More specifically, your hip flexors.

The hip flexors are a group of muscles at the top of your thighs that allow you to bend, twist, and swivel your hips while walking, jumping, or kicking. Like any muscles, hip flexors can be pulled, torn, or strained. If this occurs, it can be a huge detriment on your lower body mobility.

Causes of a Hip Flexor Tear or Strain

Hip flexor tears or strains are often caused by repetitive overuse or hyperextension of the hip muscles while playing sports or performing a strenuous activity such as:

  • Running or sprinting
  • Soccer
  • Dancing
  • Cycling

If you participate in any sport that requires intense lower body movement, there is always a risk of hip flexor tear or strain. Proper stretching, conditioning, and rest are your best defense against such injuries.

3 Symptoms of Hip Flexor Tear or Strain

The three most common symptoms that point to a growing tear or strain in your hip flexors include:

  1. Sharp pain in hip or pelvis

    Intense hip pain is usually brought on by trauma or hyperextension that leads to hip flexor injuries.

  2. Muscle spasms

    Strained hip flexors can spasm randomly from repeated use and lack of rest.

  3. Pain from lifting your leg

    One of the clearest indications of a hip flexor tear or strain is experiencing hip pain while walking or the inability to lift your leg.

Advanced Orthopaedic Treatments for Hip Flexor Tears or Strains

If you are experiencing intense hip pain and suspect that you’ve torn or strained your hip flexors, consult with the team of orthopaedic specialists and physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. With expert treatment plans and advanced surgical procedures, we can help repair your hip flexor tear or strain and get you back to your daily activities free of pain.

To request an appointment online, please give us a call at 904-825-0540 today.

Paul Roettges, MDPaul Roettges, MD
A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Knee and Hip Surgeries, Dr. Roettges performs hip and knee replacements as well as complex unresolved hip and knee pain.