Hip flexor strain is a common injury; in fact, many chiropractors treat patients with this injury. In this post, we talk about how this injury happens and how to avoid it.
What is hip flexor strain?
Your hip flexor muscles are the collective muscles used to lift your knees toward your torso. They consist of the “iliopsoas” and the “rectus femoris” both responsible for pulling your knees up and to bend from the waist down.
Pain Factor and Symptoms
Many patients described hip flexor symptoms like the following:
- Pain when stretching hip muscles
- Pain in the hip flexor region that occurs sporadically
- Spasms inside the hips and thighs
- Swelling or bruising in the hip and thighs
These may differ from one patient to the next, and it’s important to seek professional treatment from your chiropractor before it becomes worse. A tear in the flexor muscles can be minor, moderate or severe.
Your skilled chiro will tell you of the fact that inadequate warm-ups before exercise can result in this injury. Patients with poor posture, fatigued muscles, muscle imbalance, poor pelvic and core stability can also fall prey to this injury.
Patients who are more likely to suffer from hip flexor strain are those who put a strain on these muscles. They include but are not limited to:
- Athletes in martial arts
- Professional dancers
- Soccer players (especially strikers)
- Avoid sitting for extended periods of time
- Do proper warm-ups to prepare the muscles
- Practice proper posture
- Do regular exercises
Treatment for hip flexor strain
Chiropractors take a tailor-made approach to treatment and because there are no medications involved, this is an ideal solution for athletes. Some of the chiropractic treatment may include but not be limited to:
- Joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue massage
- Ice and and heat therapy
- Exercise to improve and strengthen these muscles
Furthermore, seeing a professional chiropractor will also allow the patient a chance to be informed about how to prevent the injury. If you need any further information regarding Hip Flexor Strain please contact us TODAY
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