Hip Strain

You have a strain of the muscles around the hip joint. A muscle strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle fibers. This causes pain, especially when you move that muscle. There may also be some swelling and bruising.

Home care

  • Stay off the injured leg as much as possible until you can walk on it without pain. If you have a lot of pain with walking, crutches or a walker may be prescribed. These can be rented or purchased at many pharmacies and surgical or orthopedic supply stores. Follow your healthcare provider's advice about when to start putting weight on that leg.

  • Apply an ice pack over the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every 3 to 6 hours. Do this for the first 24 to 48 hours. You can make an ice pack by filling a plastic bag that seals at the top with ice cubes and then wrapping it with a thin towel. Be careful not to injure your skin with the ice treatments. Ice should never be applied directly to skin. Continue the use of ice packs for relief of pain and swelling as needed. After 48 hours, apply heat (warm shower or warm bath) for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day, or alternate ice and heat.

  • You may use over-the-counter pain medicine to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines.

  • If you play sports, you may resume these activities when you are able to hop and run on the injured leg without pain.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised. If your symptoms don't start to get better after a week, more tests may be needed.

If X-rays were taken, you will be told of any new findings that may affect your care.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Increased swelling or bruising

  • Increased pain

  • Losing the ability to put weight on the injured side

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