Anterior Hip Pain

Most commonly this is due to an overuse injury involving repetitive movements

There are a few different structures that can be the source of pain and most often it isn’t just one structure in general.

Our body moves and works as a unit, so we must treat it as one.

Some of the structures which could be involved include:

  • Superficial and deep nerves
  • Tendons of the hip flexors
  • Bursa sacs 
  • Hip flexor group (iliopsoas, rectus femoris, sartorius, gracillus, TFL, and the adductors).


Common aches or pains that a person likely experiences come on at the beginning of a movement such as:

  • Standing up 
  • Going up or down stairs
  • Laying on a side while in bed or stretching
  • Sitting down for long periods of time
  • Running
  • Simply just walking.


We start by identifying if the hip flexors are tight through orthopedic tests, muscle activation, and stretches.

Then we perform soft tissue work such as:

Finally we start working on core stability, as well as adding in isometric hip exercises to improve strength and muscle patterning/firing.

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Pro Tips

Sometimes we must normalize a painful movement. Just because there is pain in a movement does not mean there is necessarily an injury. When we find a painful spot, it helps to explore the area and try to normalize the pain before telling ourselves we are injured.