Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Hip Sprain

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A hip sprain is a forceful/traumatic injury to the hip joint capsule.  The hip joint is normally a very stable, deep ball & socket joint with very strong ligaments.  Mild sprains are the most common type of sprain, while moderate & severe sprains are more rare.


Risk factors:

  • Often physically young individuals
  • Muscle imbalances, fatigue or weakness


Potential Causes:

  • A violent rotation or abduction motion
  • Repeated rotation abduction or hyperextension
  • Forceful contact when the joint is at extreme end range of motion



  1. Groin pain;  pain is sometimes referred to the medial thigh or knee
  2. Mechanism of injury is twisting or doing the “splits” (hyper-abduction)
  3. Normally there is a snap, pop or tear
  4. There is mild pain, except at the end range of motion
  5. Irritation when running, jumping, changing directions when walking/running, stretching the groin



These injuries are usually mild and should heal quickly.  Symptoms should subside within 1-3 weeks & should not reoccur



  1. Clinic Care:
    1. Ice; avoid aggravating activities
    2. Low force adjustments and mobilization as tolerated
    3. Soft Tissue Therapy or massage to the thigh, glutes and lower back
    4. Treatment is 2-3 times a week for 2-3 weeks


  1. Home Care:
    1. Rest – reduce or eliminate high impact ballistic &/or long distance training
    2. Walking & low impact activities as tolerated (crutches or canes are not necessary if the sprain is mild)
    3. Pain free active range of motion exercises and light stretching as tolerated
    4. Ice



  1. Clinic Care:
    1. Heat, massage, trigger point treatment, stretching & adjustments/mobilizations
    2. PNF contract-relax stretches & ART (active release technique) – soft tissue therapy
    3. Instruct proper mechanics and home exercises
    4. Strengthen the thigh & gluteal muscles especially rotator & abductors
    5. Treatment is 1 times a week for 1-2 weeks



Significant improvement within 2-3 weeks; full recovery in 6 weeks or less



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