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What is a hip flexor strain?
The hip flexors are located where the muscles where your thigh meets your hip. They’re a type of muscle strain— a tear in your muscle tissue. They’re one of the most common injuries, especially among athletes.
Strains are classified into three grades to indicate how severe they are. Most people can recover by resting their muscles and using at-home treatments like ice and over-the-counter medicine. If you’re feeling pain for a few weeks after your injury or have severe symptoms, see a healthcare provider.
Muscle strains vs. pulled muscles
There’s no difference between a strained muscled and a pulled muscle. People use the terms interchangeably. The same is true for a strained muscle and a torn muscle. They’re the same injury with the same symptoms and treatments.
Hip flexor strains and other injuries
There are lots of common injuries that cause muscle pain similar to hip flexor strains, including:
- Pinched Nerves
- Herniated Disc
- Blood Clots
- Other muscle strains — like groin strains and quadricep strains.
- Femoroacetabualr impingement (also called hip impingement).
Talk to a provider if you experience any sudden, sharp pain in your body, especially if it happens during physical activity like a workout or playing sports.
Who do hip flexor strains affect?
Hip flexor strains can affect anyone. They’re common in athletes and people who are especially active.
Even if you don’t play sports or work out often, you can still strain your hip flexor, especially if you suddenly exert yourself much harder than usual.
How common are hip flexor strains?
Hip flexor strains happen all the time, making them very common, Any athlete can injure their hip flexor, but the most common sports that cause hip flexor strains include:
- Martial arts