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Hip Flexor Muscle Strain

The two main muscles that are known as your hip flexors are called iliacus and psoas major. Their function is to bring your knee up toward your chest. A hip flexor strain is when those muscles are stretched or torn, usually during activities such as kicking or sprinting. During these activities, there is either a quick demand on the muscle or a quick change in direction. Like other muscle strains, a grade can be assigned to a hip flexor strain depending on the severity: mild (grade I), moderate (grade II), and complete (grade III). Grade I muscle strains means there is a micro tear in the muscle. Grade II muscle strains correlate with a partial tear in the muscle. Grade III muscle strains means there is a complete rupture of the muscle. People with complete ruptures experience severe pain, which prevents them from participating in sporting activity. [more...]

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