Why Do I Feel Pain in My Hip Flexors When I Squat?

lady performing hip flexor squat

One of the most likely reasons can be pulling or straining of the hip flexor muscles, which become overly activated as you squat. Various factors though can cause hip pain during squatting exercises. Your Waterloo Chiropractor can determine the exact structure that is causing the discomfort however it is important to explain all the symptoms you are experiencing as hip pain is a flag for caution!

The probable causes for hip flexor pain is:

1. chronic shortening of the quadriceps muscle

2. lower crossed syndrome from excessive sitting and hamstring tightness

3. hip impingement due to a hip joint structural anomaly

4. injury to to the cartilage within the hip joint

Hip flexor pain can present as very sharp pain either at the hip or in the groin and accompanied by some tenderness at the end range of motion. It can ache after exercise and during exercise.

Possible limitations for your Hip Pain

As already stated, you can’t be sure and only your doctor can perform a reliable diagnosis. Still, some of the other likely limitation responsible for for your hip flexor pain include:
● A limitation in hip mobility. The hip’s muscles function when they are moving. Without this, you may begin to experience stiffness and pain in the groin.
● Hip Bursitis can also contribute to sharp pain in the hips resulting from bursae inflammation. The pain usually manifests anytime you attempt to stand from a seated pose or when you try to squat.
● Limited ankle mobility can also be another key culprit. While it is often associated with ankle and knee pain, it can go all the way upwards, affecting your hip, too.
● Lastly, posture or weak core can be the reason you have the pain. When your muscle stabilizers are weak, they tend to affect posture, which then exerts lots of pressure on the hips. This can lead to hip inflammation and hence the pain.

A comprehensive examination can unearth the exact problem and pain generator.

Hip pain and groin pain are flags and you should discontinue strenuous exercise until it is diagnosed. At Waterloo Chiropractic we will perform an exam on areas that present with the most pain. By describing the symptoms accurately, you can assist us to already begin to suspect the cause. Still, in the more severe hip pain, additional tests and imaging can show the particular issue. Most likely, you could undergo an X-RAYS and even an MRI to rule out stress fractures or other bone injury.

The Do’s for hip pain while squatting

Even as you get appropriate treatment for your hip pain, there are various things you should do. For example, you should warm up your lower extremity with a combination of cardiovascular machines such as the bike, rower and cross trainer. Stretching your hip flexors and quadriceps is vital. Activating your glutes with body weight exercises such as step ups and lunges can help. foam roller the anterior chain and the all important ITB muscle.

Also, avoid increasing internal hip rotation. In most cases, people with hip pain as they squat also have a hip internal rotation deficit, and an increase in the rotation can make the pain worse. Generally, you should immediately stop any of those squat drills once you notice the pain and take a well-deserved rest for healing to take place. Call P| 0296900911 or book online https://waterloochiropractic.cliniko.com/bookings

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