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What is Hip Flexor?

               Understanding What Hip Flexor Pain Is

 

Hip flexor muscles allow you to lift your knees and bend at the waist. However, you can experience hip flexor pain if you suddenly strain these muscles.

 

The hip flexor is a group of muscles that allow you to lift your knees and bend at the waist. Found deep in the abdominal cavity, they are some of the strongest muscles in the body, notes Stephanie E. Siegrist, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Rochester, N.Y., and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

You put a lot of stress on your hip flexors when you sprint or kick. That’s why athletes, especially runners, soccer players, and martial artists, are especially prone to hip flexor injuries that result in hip flexor pain. Hip flexor pain is usually felt in the upper groin region, where the thigh meets the pelvis.

To avoid hip flexor pain, you should pay more attention to these muscles, Dr. Siegrist explains. When you are seated, your knees are bent and your hip muscles are flexed and often tighten up or become shortened. “Because we spend so much of our time in a seated position with the hip flexed, the hip flexor has the potential to shorten up. Then, when you are in a hurry because you are running to catch a bus or a plane, or you trip and fall, the muscle could become stretched. Here’s this stiff, brittle muscle that all of a sudden gets extended, and you could set yourself up for strain or some hip flexor pain.”

You may hear a clicking noise when you move your hip, but that sound is not necessarily a hip flexor issue. Siegrist says the clicking isn’t generally the hip flexor alone and often comes from a moving part, like the joint. “Maybe there is a loose body in the joint or loose cartilage at the edge of the hip joint that is mechanically getting irritated,” she says.

To minimize strain on the muscles around the hip and avoid hip flexor pain, always be sure to stretch properly before doing any kind of exercising, even walking. It’s better to stretch muscles slowly and hold the position rather than rush through the stretches too quickly — remember, quality over quantity.

Simple hip-strengthening exercises performed on a regular basis can help prevent hip flexor pain. Many strengthening exercises said to target the abdominal muscles will also help strengthen hip flexor muscles so you can avoid tight hip flexors.

Please watch these videos and learn strengthening exercises.

 

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