Thigh and Hip Strains :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Thigh and Hip Strains

What is 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.

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