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What do I need to know about tight hip flexors?

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Your hip flexors are a group of muscles near the top of your thighs that are key players in moving your lower body. They let you to walk, kick, bend, and swivel your hips. But if your muscles are too tight or if you make a sudden movement, your hip flexors can stretch or tear.

A hip flexor strain can be mildly uncomfortable or so serious that you have trouble walking and have muscle spasms and lot of pain.

Regular stretches can help keep your hip flexors loose and prevent injuries.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Hip strengthening might ease pain of clogged leg arteries.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Hip Flexor Strain.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Strains.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Improving Your Flexibility and Balance.”

American Council on Exercise: “Supine Hip Flexor Stretch.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Seated Hip Flexors and Quadriceps Stretch.”

MedlinePlus: “Hip flexor strain -- aftercare.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Hip strengthening might ease pain of clogged leg arteries.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Hip Flexor Strain.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Strains.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Improving Your Flexibility and Balance.”

American Council on Exercise: “Supine Hip Flexor Stretch.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Seated Hip Flexors and Quadriceps Stretch.”

MedlinePlus: “Hip flexor strain -- aftercare.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 01, 2018

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