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Hip Flexor Injury Treatment
Recovering From Hip Flexor Injury
Hip Flexor Injury
Your Hip Flexor muscles are the muscles in your hip that allow you to walk, run, jump, and sit. These muscles are usually very strong however they can be injured just like any other muscle in the body.
When you injure your hip flexor muscles, this is called hip flexor injury (also known as hip pain strain). You can get a hip flexor injury by “over doing it”. For example, by over exercising, house cleaning, or any other activity you’re not use to.
But get this; you can even get a hip flexor injury by doing simple activities also like picking up your shoes, reaching to get your coffee cup or even stretching across the table. Why? It may be that you have not stretched your muscles enough or by hyper extending your hip muscles.
Symptoms include hip muscle pain, back pain, or hip and leg pain. If you suspect having hip flexor injury, stop what you’re doing, and see a health professional. Your health professional can either be your sports trainer, doctor, physical therapist, or even your chiropractor.
If your health professional diagnosis your hip flexor injury as minor, there are few steps you can take to help heal and alleviate the pain. Follow the instructions of your health professional. Your doctor may request you to rest the area and do not over strain your hip muscles. Apply ice for the 1st day or 2 to the affected area for 20 minutes and then no ice for 20 minutes. Sleep on the uninjured hip with a pillow in between your knees to prevent strain. Then after 2-3 days apply heat to the muscle.
The best treatment for hip muscle pain or hip and leg pain is to apply the over the counter cream called Arnica. Arnica is an odorless and non-sticky pain reliever that decreases hip flexor injury inflammation.