Hip Muscle Strains
Hip Muscle Injury Symptoms
This is also known as a 'Grade I' tear. A strain is classified as the overstretching of the fibers of the muscle. Muscle strain feels like discomfort within the hip area as opposed to acute pain. Muscle strains respond very well to conservative treatment protocols.
This is also known as a 'Grade II' tear and is an actual tearing of the fibers in the muscle and perhaps its associated tendon. It would feel like a sharp pain within the hip, and you may hear a tearing sound at the time of the injury. There will be bruising in the torn muscle area in the days following the injury. This grade of strain usually responds quite well to conservative treatments such as a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and a Back/Hip TShellz Wrap®. As this injury is fairly significant, it is very important to REST and ensure you do not worsen the injury with further strain.
This is also known as a 'Grade III' tear. When a muscle ruptures or tears completely, you will feel a very sharp pain within the hip and you may hear or feel a 'pop'. There will be a significant amount of pain when attempting to move the leg and your range of motion will be limited. There will be noticeable bruising, swelling and a change in the appearance of the hip in the hours or days following the rupture. Treatment of a complete tear may require hip surgery to rejoin the muscle tissue at the point of the tear.
We also recommend the use of conservative treatments prior to surgery to minimize tissue damage, resulting in a less invasive surgery - make sure your physician approves of any home treatment protocols you are intending to undergo. Click here to learn about treatment options after hip surgery.
Causes of a Hip Muscle Injury
(i.e. a game of football on the weekend)
The treatment for hip muscle injures are not much different that dealing with hip tendon injuries. In both cases, one should focus on resting their hip and reducing inflammation to relieve pain.
PT can assist you in stretching the gluteus maximus tendon/muscle and IT band if they are tight. If the gluteus maximus tendon or iliotibial tract have thickened, frayed and/or become inflamed you can treat the injury with conservative treatment methods to heal tough connective tissue such as tendons, muscles and ligaments. Once swelling is reduced with application of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack, treating the area with a Back/Hip TShellz Wrap® will help induce an increase in blood flow while also temporarily increasing the flexibility of soft tissue in the area. This should help alleviate the symptoms of muscle strain quite quickly. In most cases, utilizing home conservative treatments such as a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and the TShellz Wrap®, combined with rest and a stretching regimen will help or -at minimum- reduce the severity of a muscle injury such as muscle strains, muscle spasms or partial muscle tears in the hip.
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