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Hip Strain Treatment Overview

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Care Plan

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First steps to consider

  • A hip strain can usually be treated at home with OTC pain relievers, rest, and ice.
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When you may need a provider

  • You still have pain after 2–3 weeks of home treatments.
  • You have pain in the hip and thigh area after a fall or you think you may have broken a bone.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain
  • You can’t put weight on the leg

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When to see a healthcare provider

See a healthcare provider if your hip pain continues for about 3 weeks, you have severe pain, or you’ve had a fall and think you may have broken a bone.

Getting diagnosed

  • Your provider will diagnose hip strain based on your symptoms and a physical exam.
  • If hip strain is more severe, your provider may request an ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI to check for tears, internal bleeding, and fractures.

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • Your healthcare provider will discuss what you can do at home to help your hip strain to heal, like resting your hip, using ice and heat, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to treat your muscle pain and to improve your strength and flexibility. Or your provider may give you instructions for a home workout program.
  • In rare cases, if you have severe pain and weakness, a hip flexor muscle may need surgery to repair it.

Types of hip strain providers

  • A primary care provider can treat mild to moderate symptoms.
  • An orthopedist is a specialist who treats muscle, tendon, and bone issues. You may be referred to an orthopedist if hip strain is persistent or severe.
  • If hip strain was caused by a sports injury, you may be referred to a sports medicine provider.
  • A physical therapist can offer stretching, strengthening, and treatments to relieve your pain.
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