Common Cause of Hip Flexor Pain
Have you ever had a sharp pain that runs from the front of your pelvis to the top of your thigh if you raise your leg? Sore hip flexors are what you’d call them. If you overuse these muscles and the tendons that bind them to your bones, they will quickly become strained. Your hip flexors’ key job is to raise your knees to your chest and bent at the waist. Mostly, activities that which involve this type of action will surely put more strain on their hip flexors but activities that we do on a daily basis can also be the cause of the pain you’re feeling. See a review of Unlock Your Hip Flexors.
When you sit down, your knees bent and your hip muscles contract, tightening or shortening them. Usually, we spend so much of our time standing with our hips flexed that is why the hip flexor has the tendency to shorten. If you’re in a hurry to ride a bus or a plane, or if you slip and crash, the muscle will be stretched and because of this stiff, delicate muscle that unexpectedly stretch, you can set yourself up for strain or hip flexor discomfort.
Although stretching and exercise will help relieve the pain of your hip flexor once the muscles are stretched and strengthened, there are some that are not ideal to do especially when you are already experiencing pain in your hip area. Although static stretches are good, it is only ideal to do and good for the muscles when your body is already warmed up like post-run. You might also want to avoid exercises like starfish crunches and mountain climbers that require you to lift your legs up against your torso. These shorten the hip flexors, which should be lengthened instead to alleviate pain.
Hip flexor strain happens as the muscles and tendons of the hip flexors are overworked. Muscles and tendons become inflamed, sore, and painful as a result. Hip flexor strain is most common in athletes who jump or run while doing high knee kicks. You’re more likely to get hip flexor strain if you do intense bending, such as pushing your hamstring backward. Some people are more likely than others to experience hip flexor strain. These include:
- martial artists
- kickers on a football team
- soccer players
- step aerobics participants
Hip flexor pain can be painful and uncomfortable, but it is rarely dangerous. Knowing what is causing your hip pain will give you an idea on what to do and what to avoid next time. Doing hip stretches and exercises can help not only to alleviate pain (when you’re already feeling it) but it also improves movement, and strengthens muscles. There are several workouts to pick from, however people should experiment to see which ones fit well for them before incorporating them into a routine. A physical trainer may also help you create an individualized fitness schedule that is tailored to your specific needs.