Question:

I am a figure skater and I did a jump but when I brought my knee to my chest my hip flexor popped. It was painful for two days and now it is just tight. My hip painlessly pops every time I lift my knee to my chest and I am unsure whether I should be concerned or not. I am very tight in my legs right now so I am unsure if I should stretch out and then continue training again.

Answer:

Without doing a thorough evaluation, we are unable to comment on your specific situation. I can offer some information that should be helpful. In general, when somebody injures their hip flexor, this is an injury to one of three muscles: the iliopsoas, rectus femoris, or tensor fascia latae muscles. This may be termed a muscle “strain”. Signs of a strain may include tenderness to touch on the muscle (in this case the front of your hip or upper thigh), pain with stretching of the muscle (moving your leg behind you), and pain with contracting the msucle (e.g. bringing your thigh up towards your chest). A “popping” near a person’s hip joint may be a sign of a tight hip flexor muscles sliding over the bones on the front of the hip. This is often painless and resolves with time and gentle stretching exercises.

People with a recent hip flexor strain may benefit from icing, gentle stretching and gentle strengthening of the muscles while gradually progressing back to regular activities or training. If your pain returns, or fails to improve, we recommend an evaluation by a physical therapist to address your problem more specifically.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.