Hip Strain and Sprain

What are a hip strain and hip sprain?

A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. When these injuries occur around the hip, they’re known as hip strains and hip sprains. Most injuries around the hip are strains. Hip sprains are extremely rare.

What causes hip strain and sprain?

Hip strains typically occur from excessive force on a muscle or tendon. They are usually related to exercise or other athletic activity. Repetitive use of certain muscles can also result in strains.

What are the symptoms of hip strain and sprain?

Pain with activity or certain hip motions is the most common symptom of a hip strain. Swelling, tenderness and stiffness of the hip can also occur.

What are hip strain and sprain care options?

Mild or moderate hip strains can be treated with rest, ice, avoidance of certain activities and anti-inflammatory medications. Physical therapy can be helpful in more severe cases. Surgery is rarely indicated for hip strains.

Reviewed by: Kevin S Horowitz, MD

This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 12:07:09 PM


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