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Pain at the front of the hip may be due to a Hip Flexor muscle strain. The IlioPsoas muscle is most commonly affected. The IlioPsoas muscle is comprised of the Iliacus and Psoas muscles. The IlioPsoas sits deep down, in front of the hip joint, its main job being to flex the hip (bringing the leg out in front of the body) as when kicking a ball.
The IlioPsoas attaches to the thigh bone via the IlioPsoas tendon. In between this tendon and the hip joint lies the IlioPsoas Bursa (a small sac of fluid). IlioPsoas Syndrome is the name given to a condition in which the tendon and/or the bursa become inflamed and irritated.
A person suffering from IlioPsoas syndrome may have pain in the hip and thigh region, as well as hip stiffness and in some cases a clicking or snapping hip. Treatment aims to settle the condition down and then improve the strength and flexibility of the hip muscles, involving 6 weeks of rehabilitation, before a gradual return to full activity.
Common IlioPsoas Syndrome signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply ice packs to relieve pain and reduce bleeding|
|Use resistance bands for muscle strengthening exercises|
|Use a Stabiliser Pressure BioFeedback device to ensure correct exercise technique|
|Use a Swiss Ball for Core Strengthening Exercises|
|Wear Compression Shorts for injury prevention|
|Stretch regularly to maintain muscle length|