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Why Stretching Your Hip Flexor Isn’t Alleviating Your Hip Pain

February 27, 2018

Have pain or discomfort in the front of your hip?

Does it hurt when you run, jump, sit, or squat?

Have you tried stretching the front of you hip out but only got about 2 seconds of relief from doing so?

Pain on the front side of the hip can be really annoying! It tends to start out at a low level discomfort that doesn’t really impact you much…but it’s just there! Then slowly and gradually you notice it impacting you more and more, eventually turning into an annoying toothache like symptoms in the front of your hip.

You’ve probably intuitively thought that this doesn’t really feel like a muscle issue. It feels deeper than that. So you do what your high school gym teacher, trainer, coach, or even physical therapist told you to do…..stretch it out!

Only you notice about 2 seconds of relief…..Maybe 10 seconds if you hold the stretch for 10 seconds. But once you stop stretching the annoying toothache pain in the hip comes back.

Einstein said it best….”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I see this all the time in the clinic, and have treated these cases successfully time after time. The first step is finding out if you shoulder STOP stretching the front of your hip.

Watch this video to help you understand.

The first step in recovery is always to remove the provocative factors. Putting too much stress and pressure frequently throughout the day on the front side of the hip is quite frequently part of the problem. So we don’t need to be feeding into it further by forcing the issue.

If you’ve been dealing with an issue similar to this, I’d like to invite you to schedule a free discovery session to dive more deeply into what SPECIFICALLY you need to be doing to get rid of the problem so that it doesn’t turn into a bigger issue than what it’s already become!

About the Author: Dr. Greg Schaible is a physical therapist/strength coach specializing in athletic performance. He attended The University of Findlay, graduating in 2013 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). As a Track and Field athlete, he was as a 5x Division II All-American and 6x Division II Academic All-American. Greg is the owner of On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor, Mi. You can stay up to date with helpful information and news on Facebook.

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