Treatment & Prevention Advice for Your Sports-Related Lower-Back, Hip, Groin, Pelvis or Thigh Injuries

Injuries of the hip, groin, pelvis and thigh can hinder the ability of athletes and active people to do the activities they love. Many of these injuries result from traumatic events, while others develop over time with sports and exercise

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lower Back, Hip, Groin, Pelvis and Thigh Injuries

+Could I have a serious injury to your hip, groin, pelvis, or thigh?

-Could I have a serious injury to your hip, groin, pelvis, or thigh?

Whether you suffer a traumatic injury in sports or exercise or your pain developed over a period of time, there are several signs and symptoms that could suggest your hip, groin or thigh pain could represent a serious injury. These include difficulty bearing weight on the leg, a significant amount of swelling or bruising of the thigh or pain that keeps getting worse over time.
+What are the common injuries of your hip, groin, pelvis or thigh?

-What are the common injuries of your hip, groin, pelvis or thigh?

Some of the common traumatic injuries of the hip, groin and thigh include hip flexor strains, adductor strains, hamstring or quadriceps muscle or tendon injuries, and hip pointers. The common overuse injuries in this region include osteoarthritis, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tear, athletic pubalgia, and osteitis pubis.
+Should I go to a doctor or ER for your hip, groin, pelvis, or thigh?

-Should I go to a doctor or ER for your hip, groin, pelvis, or thigh?

Most orthopedic injuries, especially those that occur in sports and exercise, that require urgent treatment in an emergency room result from a traumatic event. These are some of the signs and symptoms that suggest you might go to an emergency department for your injury: the bone is crooked or out of place, the injured area is very swollen, or the bone is poking through the skin. You might also have trouble bearing weight, have bleeding that won’t stop, have signs of a nerve injury, or your pain is unbearable.
+Do I need x-rays or an MRI?

-Do I need x-rays or an MRI?

X-rays only show bones, while MRIs show soft-tissue structures like muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many people – and some doctors – believe that a hip injury is automatically a ligament, tendon, muscle or labral tear, which wouldn’t show up on an x-ray. X-rays can be important, though, to demonstrate arthritis and other causes of hip pain.