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Hip Strain

A00361F01Diagnoses: Hip strains occur when a muscle supporting the joint is stretched beyond a healthy range or torn. Strains can range from mild, moderate, or severe and can occur in any of the muscles surrounding the hip joint.

Symptoms: Symptoms can include pain and tenderness over the injured site. Other symptoms might include:

  • Increased pain with movement of the hip
  • Swelling
  • Decreased hip range of motion
  • Muscle weakness

Causes: A hip strain can be and acute injury occurring from an overstretch of muscle, fall, or blow to the hip. It can also be an overuse injury where the muscle slowly breaks down secondary to repetitive use. Risk factors for hip strains might include previous injury to the same area, muscle tightness, improper warm-ups prior to exercising, or progressing exercises too quickly.

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Lower extremity stabilization exercises
  • Manual mobilizations
  • Task specific performance analysis

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