Muscle strains frequently occur in the hip area when a muscle is suddenly stretched or forced to contract quickly. The injury can tear muscle fibers, resulting in a strain. A fall or direct blow to the muscle (called a contusion) and overuse can also result in a strain. Strains may be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the injury.
Symptoms of hip straings include:
Pain and/or tenderness over the injured muscle is the most common symptom of a strain,
Using the muscle aggravates the pain,
Swelling may be present, depending on the severity of the strain,
Loss of strength in the muscle.
What to expect from therapy
Treatment and rehabilitation for muscle strains are designed to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and restore strength — in that order. Manual therapy (hands on) techniques employed by a physical therapist can often provide relief of symptoms and promote realignment of tissues. Complete restoration of function will also include a comprehensive exercise program emphasizing flexibility, strength, and balance.