Muscle strains (IT band, groin, hip flexor)

The initial treatment of a muscle strain includes rest/activity modification, ice, compression, and elevation. If the injury is severe and you are having a hard time walking, protected weight-bearing with crutches or a cane may be recommended initially. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Your provider may recommend using a brace for certain injuries.

Physical therapy is often recommended, including strengthening and stabilization exercises, as well as aiding in return to activity.

While most hip/thigh strains are successfully treated without surgery, surgical intervention may be considered if there is a severe injury with a complete tear of the muscle/tendon.  

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