Hip Tendon Strain
Grades of Tendon Strains
A tendon can be strained to varying degrees depending on the force that caused the strain and the strength of the tendon tissue. There are 3 difference grades of tendon strains and the grade is determined by the severity of the tissue damage.
Grade 1 - Mild Strain
A grade 1 strain is the least serious of hip tendon strains. With a grade 1 strain there is some stretching of the tendon tissue. These injuries usually heal quickly if treated properly.
A tendon strain can easily be treated with conservative treatments (including RICE - rest,ice,compression,elevation) to improve the health of the tendon and restore the elasticity to reduce the risk of restraining it again.
Grade 2 - Tear or Moderate Strain
A grade 2 strain occurs when a hip tendon is partially torn but still intact. If you have a grade 2 strain, strength in the tendon and attached muscles is noticeably reduced. Pain, swelling and inflammation will occur in the hip around the tear.
With this grade of strain, a physician will probably recommend that you follow a conservative treatment protocol for at least 6 weeks. It is very important that you follow instructions carefully and REALLY REST the area, as further strain could easily worsen the injury. If no progress is made, the physician or PT may opt for some form of surgery or further diagnostic testing.
Grade 3 - Rupture or Severe Strain
When a hip tendon is completely torn (ruptured) it is considered a grade 3 tear. Hip stability is greatly reduced, pain is evident, and the range of motion is limited depending on which tendon is torn. Treatment of a complete tendon tear usually requires hip surgery to rejoin the tendon to the bone or tissue at the point of the tear.
Conservative treatment protocols are usually recommended prior to surgery, as doing so will minimize swelling/inflammation, resulting in a less invasive (destructive) surgery. To learn about post-hip surgery recovery, go to our Surgery Rehab page.
Causes of Hip Tendon Injuries
- Repetitive motions with the hip and/or leg such as running, climbing or squatting
- Bone spurs in the hip area
- Increasing training distance or intensity to quickly
- Performing squats while lifting weights
- Poor form when biking (i.e. incorrect cleat position, saddle height or positioning from bars)
- Abnormal/Differing leg lengths - Short Leg Syndrome
- Improper shoe fit when running
- Running on a slanted surface or downhill
- Muscle imbalances (i.e. weak hip abductor, quads more developed than hamstrings)
- Poor foot structure (flat feet, pronation), an awkward gait (i.e. bow-legged, knock knees)
- Playing court sports with frequent stopping movements (i.e. tennis, handball)
- Age - People middle age and older are at greatest risk
Dealing With A Hip Tendon Injury
The treatment for hip tendonitis should focus on resting your 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 home conservative treatment methods to try and deal with 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 tissue strain as the tissue receives good blood supply and the warmth increases elasticity and flexibility. 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 risk of worsening soft tissue damage in the hip.
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