What Are the Symptoms of a Hip Flexor Problem?

By Marissa Willman

The hip flexors are a group of muscles located in the hips and upper thigh that allow for flexibility in the hip and knee. This muscle group also helps stabilize the legs. The hip flexors can sustain injury or strain if overworked or not properly stretched. Here are a few symptoms of a hip flexor problem.

The hip flexors are a group of muscles located in the hips and upper thigh that allow for flexibility in the hip and knee. This muscle group also helps stabilize the legs. The hip flexors can sustain injury or strain if overworked or not properly stretched. Here are a few symptoms of a hip flexor problem.

Stiff Legs

A hip flexor problem is usually indicated by an inability to lift the legs or knees. Trying to lift the legs can be extremely painful.

Immobility

A hip flexor injury can cause immobility by making it difficult, painful or practically impossible to walk or run.

Swelling

Swelling, redness and tenderness in the hip area may be an indication of a hip flexor injury.

Bruising

The hip flexor muscles may show bruising through the skin if they are injured, indicating a problem with the muscle.

Spasm

Though spasms are a rare symptom, the hip flexor muscles may convulse or twitch after a strain or injury.

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About the Author

Marissa Willman is a Palm Springs-based travel journalist and content writer. She has been writing professionally since 2007 for such publications as Viator.com, VisitPalmSprings.com and Palm Springs Life. Willman is also the local guide for the Palm Springs section of travel website 10Best.com. Willman holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University, Fullerton.

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