As discussed in this article about hip flexor anatomy, the hip flexor is a muscle group that encompasses many smaller muscles at the front of your body in your hip region(more information can be found at this hip flexor injury related section of a wiki page). This is the most important muscle for lifting up the leg, which we do for many common activities. Now what happens when you get a hip flexor injury? This article will identify the most common ways to injure your hip flexor and what your next steps should be.
Hip Flexor Injury Causes
In day-to-day activity, most actions will never come close to damaging the hip flexors severely, however, in any athletic activity there is always a risk. The most common hip flexor injury is not blunt trauma, but rather an excessive stretch of the muscle, a hip flexor pull in other words. A pull can happen in several ways, running, jumping, shuffling, and any other explosive sports. Modern sports are extremely fast, which push athletes to be faster all the time, and when you try to go just that little bit faster, that little extra extension of the leg can cause a hip flexor injury.
The other type of injury that you may develop is hip flexor tendonitis, which is basically an overuse injury that causes the attached tendons to get inflamed and cause pain.
Healing your Hip Flexor Injury
Picking up an injury is never fun, what’s even less fun is waiting for that injury to heal, which is why it is a common goal to heal that hip flexor injury as fast as possible in order to get back to playing! In order to do so please refer to our injury recovery articles which cover every step of the recovery from the injury to getting back to 100%! By following the proper recovery path you will ensure that you will not worsen your hip flexor injury any more to the point that surgery may be required.
If you have gotten injured also check out our Hip flexor pain page in order to classify the type and degree of injury you have gotten. Once you have classified your injury you can then learn the safest and most effective way to recover. If you know what your hip flexor injury is and would like to navigate to treatment articles visit our homepage all about your hip flexor.