Hip Sprain

A hip sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments surrounding the hip joint. This is a rare injury which may occur after a violent force on the leg over-stretches one or more ligaments.

Symptoms of a Hip Sprain

  • Pain in the hip on a sudden movement.
  • Pain is usually located at the front of the hip, due to the thigh bone being forced backwards.
  • Pain on the leg being moved backwards.
  • No pain on lifting the thigh forwards (if there is pain - consider a hip flexor strain).
  • Tender to palpate the area.
  • There may be some bruising or swelling in severe cases.


  • Rest from the activity.
  • Apply ice to ease pain, swelling and bleeding.
  • If walking is painful a crutch may be helpful.
  • A doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to ease inflammation and pain.
  • If symptoms do not improve within 5-7 days, visit a sports injury professional.
  • An injury specialist may use treatments such as electrotherapy (ultrasound, laser etc) or sports massage.
  • A rehabilitation programme should be used to build muscle strength and maintain hip stability. Strentching exercises are also important to regain full hip range of motion.

Watch our interview with Dr Maria Madge (chiropractor) about hip strain