Be “Hip” About Hip Strains

A hip strain involves an injury to the muscles and tendons of the hip area.

Usually, the cause of a hip strain is an accident or traumatic impact to the hip that results in small tears in the muscle fiber or tendons. Previous injuries in the area, repetitive overuse, and insufficient warm up can bring about a hip strain.

A hip strain can result in pain felt directly over the injured muscle or tendon. Because the bones in the hip anchor muscles that are in the leg, across the abdomen, and in the buttocks, pain can also appear in other areas. Pain increases with activity. There may also be swelling, stiffness, tenderness, muscle spasm, bruising, or a partial/full loss or muscle strength or joint flexibility. Walking may be difficult in some cases.

When your injury does not improve with home treatments, or it is obvious that the injury is severe, it’s time to see one of the physicians at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Beaches. A diagnosis will be made after a thorough exam that may include placing pressure on the injury area, x-rays, and performance of movements to determine limitations, stability, strength, and amount of pain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may or may not be needed.

Mild and moderate hip strains are treated with RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Avoiding activities that aggravate the condition is also recommended. Your JOI Beaches physician may prescribe the use of anti-inflammatory medication and crutches. Moderate hip strains may require additional measures including physical therapy, massage, and/or heat therapy. Severe strains usually require surgery and, afterward, rehabilitation. No matter how severe, hip strains need to be allowed to heal completely before normal activities are resumed.

If you believe that you have suffered an injury resulting in a hip strain, please schedule an appointment for a consultation at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Beaches. One of our highly-skilled physicians will be happy to discuss your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan for you. Contact us today at 904-241-1204 or online at www.joibeaches.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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