Hip Strain Treatment in Chillicothe, OH
What is a Hip Strain?
A hip strain occurs when a muscle or tendon supporting the hip joint is stretched beyond its limit or is torn. Tendons are the tough, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. A strain may be mild, moderate or severe. A severe strain can limit your ability to move.
Repetitive motion over time can cause a hip strain. These injuries are usually mild. Sudden, severe hip strains usually occur as a result of sports activity.
Diagnosing a Hip Strain
A hip strain is placed in one of three categories, based on how much strength and range of motion a person loses:
- Grade 1 – Mild damage to muscle fibers, minimal loss of strength and motion
- Grade 2 – More extensive damage to muscle fibers, but muscle is not completely ruptured; significant loss of strength and motion
- Grade 3 – Complete rupture of a muscle or tendon; may require surgery to reattach damaged muscle and tendon
A diagnosis is based upon patient injury and a physical exam. In some grade 3 cases, a physician may be able to feel where the muscle has torn. An X-ray may be useful to rule out other hip pain causing conditions. An MRI may be helpful to determine where an injury has occurred and whether there has been a complete rupture.
Hip Sprain Causes and Risk Factors
A hip strain can be caused by a sudden injury or from overuse over time. Hip strains frequently occur near the point where the muscle connects with the tendon.
Factors that put you at increased risk for a hip strain include:
- Prior injury in the same area
- Older age
- Lack of strength in the muscle
- Less flexibility
- Failure to warm up properly before exercising
- Attempting to do too much while exercising
Hip Sprain Symptoms
A hip strain causes pain and tenderness. Additional symptoms of hip strain include:
- Swelling or bruising
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Increased pain when you use the muscle
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Hip Sprain Treatment Options
Mild hip strain can be treated through the RICE protocol, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Rest involves avoiding activities that put weight on the hip. Ice means using cold packs for 20 minutes at a time to keep the swelling down. Compression involves wrapping the area in a bandage or wearing compression shorts to keep the swelling down. Elevation means resting with your leg raised higher than your heart.
A mild strain may also be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and progressive functional physical therapy.
In cases where the muscle or tendon is completely torn, surgery may be necessary. Surgery will typically involve reattaching the torn tissue back to the bone. Your physician will advise you of the best course of action based upon the severity of your hip strain.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you think you may have a hip strain, schedule a personal consultation with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen. Dr. Cohen is a well-trained surgeon who has treated over 100,000 patients worldwide and offers a customized approach to your orthopedic care. He has extensive experience with hip strain cases. Call or email his office today.