Hip Flexor Strain

Pain in the hip can be a real…pain in the hip. The cause is often one of a few things, but if you have reached out to Dr Brandon Herrington to manage the pain, you have already made the correct first step! This is something we commonly see in the clinic. I’ll share with you what makes up the hip flexors, what can cause pain, and how it is commonly treated. 

What Makes Up The Hip Flexors?

The muscles that attach to the front of the hip and are responsible for bringing the knee up towards the chest are the hip flexors. One of the muscles involved originates in the lower spine area and attaches to the thigh bone. The other smaller muscles involved stretch around the same area, wrapping from the front to the back of the hip area. When you have pain, it could be any of the muscles in the area causing it, mainly because they all work together to support the hip in its movement. If you can locate the bony part in front of your pelvis that is just under your belt and move your hand down a few inches; you will be able to press and feel whether your hip flexors are causing your pain. This part of your hip will feel tender. 

What is Actually Causing the Pain?

The first thing we do is determine whether your pain is the result of a strain or if it is tight hip flexors. Both of these conditions can cause pain, but a strain will cause discomfort after exertion. This is common in soccer or football players. Strains are more commonly found in athletes who are involved in repetitive motions like long distance runners. 

Having very tight hip flexors is also common in athletes, but can also be a problem for those who are sedentary. The person who sits all day at work can suffer pain from tight hip flexors because the lack of everyday use can cause them to become tight and will even shorten the muscles. The lack of motion becomes a problem when you need them to work! It’s very common for tight hip flexors to cause pain in the lower back along with the hips. Additionally, weak abdominal muscles can put stress on the hip flexors, causing pain and tightness.

How Will Dr Brandon Herrington Treat Hip Flexor Pain?

Again, once we determine whether it is a strain we will need to determine how severe it is. A period of rest is required in more severe cases in order to reduce inflammation. If it is a mild strain, we can commonly use the same method as we do with tight hip flexors. Your chiropractor will manipulate the hip in order to create a dynamic stretch in the hip flexors. Depending on Dr Herrington’s practices, there are various manual therapy treatments that can be used to soften the muscle and break up scar tissue. They may apply some kinesio tape for additional support. Once the inflammation has