Anterior Hip Pain
Most commonly this is due to an overuse injury involving repetitive movements

There are a few different structures that can be the source of pain and most often it isn’t just one structure in general.

Our body moves and works as a unit, so we must treat it as one.

Some of thestructures that could be involved are:

  • Superficial and deep nerves
  • Tendons of the hip flexors
  • Bursa sacs 
  • Hip flexor group (iliopsoas, rectus femoris, sartorius, gracillus, TFL, and the adductors).
Symptoms
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Common aches or pains that a person likely experiences come on at the beginning of a movement such as:

  • Standing up 
  • Going up or down stairs
  • Laying on a side while in bed or stretching
  • Sitting down for long periods of time
  • Running
  • Simply just walking.
Treatment
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We start by identifying if the hip flexors are tight through orthopedic tests, muscle activation, and stretches.

Then we perform soft tissue work such as:

Finally we start working on core stability as well as adding in ISOMETRIC hip exercises to improvestrength and muscle patterning/firing.

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Pro Tips

Exposure- sometimes we must normalize a painful movement. Just because there is pain does no mean we have an injury.

When we find a painful spot let’s explore the area and try to normalize the pain before telling ourselves we are injured.

PROXIMAL STABILITY = DISTAL MOBILITY