Hip Strain

Hip Strain


Most muscle strains (pulled muscles) are caused by overstretching muscles. Strains may be minor or more severe, such as a torn muscle or tendon.


Injuries are a common cause of hip problems. You may not remember a specific injury, especially if your symptoms began slowly or during everyday activities.

  • Overuse injuries occur from repeating the same activity, such as running or bicycling long distances, stressing the hip joint
  • A sudden (acute) injury may occur from a fall on the hip
  • Abnormal twisting or bending of the leg can cause strain

Pain from a hip injury can make it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs, squat, or sleep on the side that hurts.  Other symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the strain and may include:

  • Pain and tenderness that is worse with movement
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Normal or limited muscle movement
  • A bulge or deformity at the site of a complete tear

Treatment for a hip strain may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E)
  • Physical therapy, for appropriate stretching and strengthening
  • Surgery, depending on injury severity