Question - Hip Flexor Pain

by Jamie

I have had psoas problems for a couple of years now. I just finished playing college soccer and it seems that the pain is even more frequent.

I stretch every day whether I am working out/playing soccer or not. Stretching alleviates it, but only temporary.

My two questions for you are:

1. Do you have any other suggestions for alleviating or eliminating this pain?

2. I could be way off with this, but I feel like the elliptical machine at the gym is not good for my hip flexors...I watch others, and myself, and it seems that our hips do not get to fully flex or extend while working out.

It reminds me of when I see people riding their bikes with the seat too low and they aren't fully extending at their knees when pedaling.

I made that mistake once on a long bike trip and I hurt for a few days. Could the elliptical, over time, be shortening our hip flexor muscles?

Could that machine aggravate my existing problem?

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Feb 25, 2008
Stretch your back as well
by: Bart - SII

Great questions Jamie!

You are right about the elliptical machine - I too believe that if used frequently they can lead to shortened hip flexors. However, in your case, I think that if you are stretching daily it probably isn't making that much of a contribution to your problem.

I would also work on improving your lower back flexibility and motion. If you are restricted there, then it places much more stress on your hip flexors during activities. The active hamstring stretch can help to improve this as well as improving your hamstring flexibility.

Lower abdominal exercises are also important to improve stability and reduce some of the work load on the hip flexors.

Hope this helps - comment back if you have other questions.

May 15, 2010
hip flexor
by: Anonymous

I went ape on an eliptical with little stretching and ended up pulling my hip flexor. It sucks... not off it completely and can only swim for exercise till it heals. Elipticals suck. If you use them, make sure you stretch well.

~Former college athlete

Feb 22, 2011
Straight from the Hips!
by: Char

Loved the good workout I got from eliptical. Sad to say what I heard from others happened to me. Both sides/ hip flexors badly strained. just fell apart. Symptoms started in ankles then one knee, two knees, as if my body, from over compensating for my hips just finally gave out. Back and neck so, so tight. Yes... Hip Fexors! Think about it. They hold everything else together! Scary. Lot's and Lotsa of pain. Deep yoga stretching (never did yoga before this) light stretch bands. Sometimes three times a day. Realistically 6 months for full recovery, If I know me. But the good side is I will probably be more limber and feel better than I felt in a long time. When it's all said and done. Hang in there. Golf season is coming up!

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