Hip Flexor Strain Pain Management Doctors NYC

At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll receive the best possible hip flexor strain pain management and doctor’s care you need to reduce or eliminate your acute or chronic hip flexor strain pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, age, sporting accident, or ailment — you want relief. Appropriate and targeted hip flexor pain management and treatment starts with a proper diagnosis from your NYC hip pain management specialist.

Hip Flexor Strain

Hip flexors are those muscles that you rely on to move your knees upward toward your chest. Also called iliopsoas, they are important for bending at the hip and when you are kicking or sprinting. The muscles begin in your lower back and extend over your pelvis until they are connected to the top of your thigh bone.

When you tear or damage one of these muscles, you feel pain in your groin area or in the front of your hip. An injury usually occurs from repetitive motion or when you put excessive pressure on the hip flexors, leading to a condition that has many names, from hip flexor strain or iliopsoas sprain to pulled hip flexor or psoas strain.

How Bad Is It?

Your hip pain specialst initially grades the extent of the tear before suggesting the appropriate treatment, as follows:

  • Grade one tears involve only a few small tears, which allow you to continue walking and moving. These tears are not immobilizing.
  • Grade two tears leave you with a moderate amount of mobility because the tears are more significant.
  • Grade three tears mean that all the fibers in the particular muscle are torn and you are left disabled in most cases.

Most hip flexor strains fall into the grade two category. They still are a source of pain for which you need treatment. Seek a qualified pain management specialist. By describing your symptoms and when you first felt the pain, you can help your doctor come to a conclusive diagnosis. An MRI, ultrasound or CT scan can verify the diagnosis of the soft hip tissue.

Telltale Signs

Very often when you get a hip flexor strain you’ll feel a sudden pulling sensation or a sharp pain. Most of the time, you can continue with your activity and get checked out later. But you’ll be stopped in your tracks if you have a grade three tear that’s accompanied by:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Severe groin pain
  • Weakness
  • Inability to walk without limping
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty getting out of bed the day after your injury
  • Visible deformity of the hip muscle

Treatment and Risks

Depending on the severity of your strain, you should be back to normal within about one to two weeks. In the case of a grade three tear, however, it may take as long as eight week or even longer to completely heal from the damage. Your hip flexor pain management doctor may rely on a number of therapeutic devices to aid in your recovery, such as:

  • Crutches
  • Electrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Believe it or not, with some smart choices, you can avoid some of the risk factors that play a role in developing the condition. Consider modifying or correcting:

  • Poor training
  • Lack of muscle strength before undertaking certain activities
  • Fatigue
  • Inadequate warm-ups
  • Engaging in activities when you already have joint stiffness

Listen to your body when you play sports or exercise intensely. Do not overdo it, or you can end up with a hip flexor strain.

Get the Hip Flexor Strain Pain Relief You Need

Your NYC hip pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.

Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010
(212) 533-3954