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Muscle Strains

A hip muscle strain occurs when a muscle fibre has been stretched or torn generally due to muscle fatigue, over stretching or a contusion (a fall or a direct blow). This is said to be as painful as a hip fracture and can be an acute pain or chronic depending on if the problem is recurrent.

Symptoms of hip muscle strain

  • Pain when movement is involved
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling (depending on severity of the strain)
  • Redness
  • Reduced mobility

Diagnosis of hip muscle strain

If you come to the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, one of our world-class Consultants will do an initial physical examination, which will involve a serious of movements and stretches to better identify the problem area. This is to gain a better knowledge into which muscle in particular may be torn or strained. Next they will send you to our imaging department where we have the latest X-ray equipment that will rule out the possibility of a stress fracture or arthritis which have similar symptoms.

Treatment for hip muscle strain

Depending on the severity and extend of the injury, the treatment plan you will be prescribed with will be varied. If the injury is classed as a minor muscle strain you will be advised to take anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or other pain medicines to ease pain and reduce any present swelling. This will go alongside with what is known as the RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If the problem is discovered to be more serious then the Consultant may suggest heat therapy in addition to the above methods. This can consist of hot soaks, heat pads and even heat lamps. Although there are many types of hip injuries, hip muscle strain is one of the easiest to recover from.

Contact us

To ask a question about hip muscle strains or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Our hip specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

Call us on 0207 078 3811 or email us at londonhipspecialists@hje.org.uk

Hip Clinic

Our London-based specialist Hip Clinic offers an extensive range of treatments for hip conditions and injuries. Our multidisciplinary team of hip consultants can offer a combined treatment plan tailored to individual patient needs.

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Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3811.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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