Strained Hip

Introduction

The hip joint is created where the femur connects to the pelvis. Attached to these bones are a number of muscles that are anchored to the bones by tendons. A strained hip can mean a stretch or tear to either the muscles or tendons in the hip joint.

A strained hip can be the result of a sudden injury, such as a fall or a car accident, or from overuse as in sports or physical labor. The risk of a strained hip from overuse is greater when there has been a prior injury to the area or where there is muscle tightness. Failure to warm up properly before physical activity or overexertion can often be the catalyst for a strained hip.

Symptoms of a strained hip typically present as pain or weakness in the muscle, swelling, and limited range of motion in the hip. If severe hip pain is experienced, it is advisable to see a doctor who will perform a physical examination and observe the patient in movement to determine which muscle is injured. X-rays may also be ordered to rule out other injuries with similar symptoms.

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