Hip Tendon Strain
There are several tendons in the hip area that attach the hip muscles to the bones to stabilize the joint and control hip and leg movements. Tendons are non-elastic connective tissue, which tend to become brittle with age or overuse. They can be injured with repetitive use, when the hip takes a blow, or can result from old injuries that have not properly healed. The tendons in the hip can be especially prone to injury in athletes or people who work or take part in an activity that repeats one action over and over.
Some of the most commonly injured tendons in the hip are the iliopsoas tendon, iliotibial band tendon (IT band), and the ischial tendon, but injury to any of the hip tendons are possible. The most commonly injured tendon of these is the iliotibial band. It runs from the iliac crest (crest of the pelvis) down the side of the leg and hip, and inserts at the upper tibia (top of the knee). When this IT band is injured it is called iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS.
Tendon injuries in the hip can range from a mild strain to a full rupture. Other soft tissue damage in the immediate area may also occur with a tendon injury. Unfortunately, tendons by nature receive very little blood flow. This prevents certain areas of the tendons from getting adequate oxygen and nutrients necessary to repair themselves.
A hip tendon strain that goes left untreated can cause more pain in the tendon and may be a sign of chronic tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis). Chronic tendonitis is a degenerative condition in the tendon fibres that generally causes severe, burning pain in the area, which gradually worsens and is exacerbated by stress on the tendon.
Grades of Tendon Strains
A tendon can be strained to varying degrees depending on the force that caused the strain and the strength of the tendon tissue. There are 3 difference grades of tendon strains and the grade is determined by the severity of the tissue damage.
Grade 1 - Mild Strain
A grade 1 strain is the least serious of hip tendon strains. With a grade 1 strain there is some stretching of the tendon tissue. These injuries usually heal quickly if treated properly.
A tendon strain can be treated with cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) to improve the health of the tendon and restore the elasticity to reduce the risk of restraining it again.
Grade 2 - Tear or Moderate Strain
A grade 2 strain occurs when a hip tendon is partially torn but still intact. If you have a grade 2 strain, strength in the tendon and attached muscles is noticeably reduced. Pain, swelling and inflammation will occur in the hip around the tear. This grade of strain can also be effectively treated with cold compression and BFST®. It is recommended that you allow your hip and leg muscles to rest when you can to allow the tendon tear to heal.
Grade 3 - Rupture or Severe Strain
When a hip tendon is completely torn (ruptured) it is considered a grade 3 tear. The stability of the hip is greatly reduced, pain is evident, and the range of motion is limited depending on which tendon is torn. Treatment of a complete tendon tear usually requires hip surgery to rejoin the tendon to the bone or tissue at the point of the tear.
Cold compression and BFST® can be used prior to surgery to minimize tissue damage, resulting in a less invasive surgery. These therapies used after surgery will also help to reduce recovery time and will leave the tendon and surrounding tissue healthier, stronger, and less prone to future injury.
Causes of Hip Tendon Injuries
- Repetitive motions with the hip and/or leg such as running, climbing or squatting
- Bone spurs in the hip area
- Age - People middle age and older are at greatest risk
How To Treat Your Hip Tendon Injury
The trick with any tendon injury is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of the tendon fibres as possible - something the Inferno Wrap® is great at! Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. This can cause the tendon to hurt during exercise and most everyday activities. However, if you heal your injured tendon efficiently and quickly, your chance of re-injury later on is much lower.
Although it is recommended that you rest your hip tendon following injury it can be difficult to do as it is an essential tendon for walking and daily activities. Fortunately, there are healing tool that can help treat your tendon and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury.
Cold compression therapy and BFST® will reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage, treat scar tissue, and promote blood flow to heal your hip tendon faster and more completely than any other methods available.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of a hip tendon pull, tear, or rupture doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. Cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of a hip tendon injury or following surgery is an effective way to relieve pain and swelling while limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue. In addition, cold compression therapy can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs that can be harmful to your body.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your sore hip in an effective and convenient way. It is so versatile you can also use it to treat any pain you may be experiencing in your back or legs as well.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn. The medical-grade wrap delivers cold right where you need it.
Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function around the area of your injured tendon and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygen and nutrients to your hip and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your hip faster and with less pain!
Once the inflammation in your tendon has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening your hip, lower back, upper leg and surrounding tissue is recommended. Using blood flow stimulation therapy will speed your recovery and heal your acetabular joint more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Complete your tendon strain treatments with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST®. It is the most natural way to speed healing of your damaged tendon and surrounding tissue and BFST® reduces the risk of atrophy (weakening of the muscles) in your upper leg muscles. BFST® enhances your body's own healing process by simply increasing the amount of blood that flows to your hip and leg to improve the health of your tissue by delivering an abundance of nutrients to the area.
When you stop moving your hip because it hurts the amount of blood that flows naturally to your acetabular joint is reduced, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip joint and leg with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the tendon and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore tendon strain because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® from MendMeShop® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow helps reduce the risk of atrophy in your muscles. When you stop moving your leg and hip due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy in your quadriceps, hamstrings and other leg muscles. The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is an amazing healing tool that can be used to treat your entire body.
By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your hip, injured tendon, and leg muscles, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your hip and leg tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve strength again once your pain has gone and your iliopsoas tendon, iliotibial band tendon, or ischial tendon has healed.
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