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Hip flexor pain is often referred to as flexor tendinosis.
The pain from this condition typically comes from one or both of the following muscles: Illicacus and Psoas. These muscles are often lumped together as one unit, referred to as the illiopsoas.
The hip flexor muscles are responsible for the flexibility of your hips.
You engage these muscles whenever you move your legs, and that means your hips are involved in most of the movements that you make throughout the average day. They permit you’re your hips to be in motion with elasticity.
When you are healthy, you may not realize how often they use their hip flexors, but anyone living with fibromyalgia who experiences hip flexor pain will be well aware of this more often.
The psoas muscle is responsible for a lot of general back and leg pain because the sitting positions that most people hold throughout the day cause the muscle to shorten for a long period of time.
When you stand up and start moving around again, that muscle doesn’t want to straighten and function properly.
For those suffering from fibromyalgia, the pain may come from other muscles that help the hips move.
This includes the quadriceps, even though those muscles are lower than most hip flexor muscles.
While flexor tendinosis caused by an injury or issue not related to fibromyalgia may focus on one particular muscle or area of the hip, fibromyalgia patients may experience pain that spreads out throughout this region of the body.
The cause of the pain is often unexplainable, as is typically the case with fibromyalgia pain.
Treating Hip Flexor Pain
You need to participate in some level of exercise in order to keep your body strong and more flexible, this is a good recommendation for hip flexor pain.
Avoid sitting in one position for a long period of time. This is one of the surest ways to stop the hip flexor pain.
Get up and move around periodically so that your muscles don’t have time to get fixed in one position
The more you learn that staying in motion helps, the better you get at treating your hip flexor pain.
If your pain is stopping you from moving around, just know that not moving will only increase the pain. You are advise to practice safe exercise at this stage.
You can join some fitness club or martial arts group. Yoga and Tai Chi can be good remedies.
Share your situation with your doctor concerning your symptoms. They will usually give you some good advice and pain reliever to start with.
The more you get informed on the stretches and exercises to do, the easier it would be to stop some causes of muscle pain.
Invest in a highly adjustable office chair. Setting the chair elevated allows your hips to rest higher than your knees.
This position is ideal for your hip flexors and may get rid of pain caused by the restriction of those muscles by the regular office chair.
Another option would be a standing desk, that allows you to easily lift your work space.