What is a Hip Flexor Injury?

The hip flexor consists of three different muscles: Rectus Femoris, Psoas Major, and Illiacus. It primarily moves your leg, pulling your knee to your chest or lifting your foot off the ground. These muscles originate near the hip and cross to the femur, or thighbone.

A hip flexor strain is characterized by tearing of one or more of the hip flexor muscles typically causing pain in the front hip or groin. The hip flexors move the knee towards the chest (i.e. bending the hip) during activity, particularly active when sprinting or kicking.

Tears to the hip flexors range from a partial tear causing slight pain and minimal performance, to a complete rupture accompanied with sudden serious pain and considerable disability. Hip flexor strains range from GRADE ONE to GRADE THREE and its classifications are:

  • GRADE ONE TEAR: small cluster fibres are torn resulting in some pain, but allowing full motion
  • GRADE TWO TEAR: significant cluster fibres tear with moderate loss of function
  • GRADE THREE TEAR: muscle fibres rupture coupled with significant limitation of function

The majority of hip flexor strains are GRADE TWO.

Hip Flexor Solutions

 Hip flexor injuries tend to become chronic because the rehabilitation does not concentrate on the elemental injury. Initial hip flexor strengthening exercises are 1) hip flexion, 2) hip extension in lying, 3) sit-ups, 4) leg raises, 5) overhead lunges, 6) quadriceps stretch, 7) heel side, and 8) strength leg raises.  223

The recovery time for a GRADE ONE is about one to two weeks. GRADE TWO is two to four weeks. GRADE THREE is six to eight weeks. Finally, research doctors and specialists for hip flexor strains are

Muscle and Orthopedic Specialists:

  • Ÿ  Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Ÿ  Orthopedic Surgery

Nerve Specialists:

  • Ÿ  Neurology (Brain/CNS Specialists)
  • Ÿ  Pediatric Neurology (Child Brain Specialist)
  • Ÿ  Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Pain Specialists:

  • Ÿ  Pain Medicine
  • Ÿ  Rheumatology (Arthritis / Joint Pain)

Arthritis & Joint Health Specialists (Rheumatology):

  •   Rheumatology (Joint Health)
  •   Pediatric Rheumatology (Child Joint Health)

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