What is a Thigh/Hip Strain?
- A strain of the thigh/hip is a stretching or tearing of a muscle and is commonly referred to as a “pulled muscle.”
- A thigh strain can involve the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh or the hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh.
- A hip strain commonly involves the hip flexor muscles located in the front of the leg, above the leg but below the waist.
What Causes a Thigh/Hip Strain?
- These strains can be caused by a forceful muscle contraction during activities such as running or jumping.
- May be a result of poor flexibility.
- Continuing to run and sprint when the muscles feel tight.
What are the Symptoms?
- A pulling sensation when the injury occurs, followed by pain when walking or lifting the leg.
- Pain and stiffness with movement or activity in thigh and hip.
- In severe injuries, swelling and bruising may occur.
What Can I Do to Feel Better?
- Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
- Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 48-72 hours.
- Be careful not to overstretch the healing muscle.
- If walking is painful, crutches are often recommended to allow for optimal healing.
When Should I See a Medical Professional?
- If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
- If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.