Hip Flexor Strains

Hip flexors are the muscles in your hips that allow you to bend at the waist and raise your knees toward your chest. Athletes who routinely use their hip flexor muscles and tendons, such as cyclists, soccer players, dancers and martial artists, are more susceptible to these types of muscle tears.

Like many other types of muscle injuries, hip flexor strains are classified and subsequently treated based on the severity of the tear. Grade 1 tears only impact a few fibers and will heal on their own after the muscles have been rested. Grades 2 and 3 involve a higher degree of damage, pain and swelling, causing a loss of motion and sometimes a limp when walking.


Resting and applying ice to the affected area, decreasing physical activity and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as needed can all help reduce the pain and swelling associated with most grade 1 and grade 2 hip flexor strains. If more severe damage has been sustained, your health care provider may recommend physical therapy. In rare cases, you may need surgery to repair the ruptured muscle and/or tendons.

If you’d like more information about our sports medicine program, or to schedule a consultation, call (856) 641-8000 ext. SPORT or email SportsMedicine@ihn.org.

Why Choose Inspira?

Comprehensive Sports Medicine Services

Inspira’s sports medicine program focuses on maximizing the athletic performance of both professional and amateur athletes, as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries, sprains and strains related to sports and exercise. Whether you require medication or a course of physical therapy, our sports medicine team is ready to help you heal your injured hip and get back in the game.

Screening Services to Prevent Hip Flexor Strains

Screenings can help reduce your risk of injury before the big race, upcoming season or whatever athletic event you’re training for. Inspira’s sports medicine clinicians know exactly how to keep you safe from injury with functional movement tests and other preventive screenings. We’ll also help you craft a strength-building exercise regimen specifically designed to thwart hip flexor injuries and strains.

Skilled Orthopedic Expertise

Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.