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IllioPsoas syndrome is also known as hip flexor muscle strain or snapping hip syndrome. This strain is perhaps the most common cause of pain in the hips of athletes and manual laborers. The IllioPsoas is located deep in front of the hip joint, and is used to flex the hip, for example when kicking a ball.
Hip pain can interfere with a lot of day-to-day activities. If the IllioPsoas, the muscle that attaches the to the thigh bone via the IllioPsoas tendon, becomes irritated or inflamed then you will experience difficulty moving the leg. You may also notice some stiffness, or hear clicking and popping when you move your legs. Pain is common when stretching the hip flexor, lifting the knee, or attempting to kick. The pain may be mild at first, but worsen with heavy use and take a long time to subside after exercise.
Illiopsoas syndrome does not always occur after a traumatic event. In many cases it is an over-use injury, and something that develops slowly over time, starting as an occasional click or feeling of tightness and gradually becoming more severe. If you experience chronic pain in your hips, or find that pain flares up after exercise, the first thing that you should do is stop using the affected joint, and contact a sports injury expert. Resist the urge to 'train through pain'. This kind of bravado will not do you any good. It will just aggravate the injury and could cause even more damage.
If your sports injury specialist gives you the go-ahead, you can try to strengthen the affected joint with resistance bands. These are ideal because they allow you to work at your own pace and employ variable levels of resistance in a way that is safer than using weights. You can also use stabiliser pressure devices and biofeedback devices to ensure that your technique is correct. Many people find that wearing compression shorts protects their hips and reduces their risk of suffering from a serious injury. Warming up properly and using dynamic stretching can help to reduce injury risks too.
Hip pain is something that can be quite frustrating because it affects not just exercise but also day to day life. If your hip pain is severe or long-lasting then you may need to see a physiotherapist, get steroid injections, or potentially have surgery. Being pro-active about exercise and rehabilitation after you notice the injury for the first time is important. You may be forced to take a few weeks off from training to repair your hips, but it is better to take a break of a few weeks today, rather than be forced out for months while you await surgery.