There are numerous muscles around the hip that can be strained and many ligaments that can be sprained. The most common injury seen though is a strain of the iliopsoas muscle, an injury more commonly known as a 'hip pointer'. The iliopsoas muscle runs from the front of the Lower back vertebrae, inserts onto the front of the Femur and is the primary muscle involved in flexing the hip. This injury usually occurs as a result of repeated forceful flexion of the hip such as sprinting. The second most common strain around the hip is a strain of the adductor muscle group, which is located on the inside of the leg and runs from the pubic symphsis (the pubic bone) and attaches to the inside of the Femur. This muscle group is primarily concerned with drawing the leg inward and the injury is often referred to as a groin pull. This injury usually occurs during running hard and having to quickly change direction.
Signs and Symptoms:
Someone suffering from a strained muscle will complain of pain and swelling usually following one particular activity and since then any use of the hip involving the injured muscles will create a sharp pain. The exact length and type of treatment that is needed will depend on the severity of the injury.
Grade one and certain grade two strains respond well to conservative Chiropractic treatment and grade three strains can be effectively co-managed with conservative chiropractic care.
The use of electro-modlities would also be used, such as: low-level laser therapy (LLLT), ultrasound and interferential frequencies. Also, stretching and strengtheningexecis will be incorporated into the recovery program.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the pain associated with a strain at the hip, have them call Advanced Healthcare and have Dr. Pisarek design a customized treatment protocol, without the use of drugs or surgery, that will have you on the road to living and playing pain free today!