Hip Flexor Strain is known as torn hip flexor. Hip flexors are muscles, which helps human in moving their knees and legs, HFS occurs when one or more muscles become stretch or torn. You can bend your knees and flex your helps with the help of hip flexors. Hip flexor can stretch or tear with sudden movements, such as, jumping, kicking, changing position while ruining. Other factors like weak muscles, stiff muscles, not warming up and falls can also leads towards hip flexor symptoms.
Who is at Risk?torn hip flexor symptoms
The athletes who do not wear protective padding and equipment, and who participate in contact sports are at highest risk. The football players, hockey players, soccer, rugby and those who ski and cycle are top of the list.
Torn hip flexor symptoms
- At the time of injury, patient usually feels a sudden sharp pain, cramping or pulling sensation in front area of the hip or groin.
- Pain may be allowing minimal continued activity, in case of minor strain.
- If the injury is much serious then patent may also be unable to move and walk without limping. In this case, a patient cannot continue his regular activities.
- During such activities like running, going upstairs and kicking, a patient with this condition may feel pain when lifting the knees up.
- Patient may also feel a limp, tenderness in the top area of hip.
- It may also possible bruising and swelling.
- It is also common, when a patient move after a long rest, he feels pain and stiffness, specially walking up in morning.
- A visible deformity may be appearing in case of injury that is more intensive.
- When a patient tries to lift the knee against resistance, then he feels lack of strength.
RICE formula for Relief:
After the injury, use RICE formula as soon as possible:
- R-Rest: After the injury, the patient should take rest. He should limit the movement, amount of physical activity and use their hip as little as possible. Stop all activities, which cause pain.
- I- Ice: ice the affected area for 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days. However, keep it in mind that ice must not be applied directly to the area. First wrap the ice in clean cloth and then apply on the affected area. It will help in reducing the swelling.
- Compress: To support hip and keep swelling low it is compulsory to use bandages. Bandages will help in healing the torn area. Don’t wrap bandages too tightly, because it will increase the swelling, tingling, coolness and pain.
- Elevate: Elevate the injured area on pillow while lying down, sitting and applying ice. To help in minimizing the swelling and for relief, keep the affected area above the level of heart.
A doctor may also suggest exercises to the patient. These exercises may help in stretching and strengthen the flexor muscles and other muscles that provide support to flexor muscles. Doctor will guide patient to do proper activities so that a patient can come towards his routine life with torn hip flexor symptoms.