How does a torn muscle heal?
In a mild strain, a torn muscle may feel slightly stiff, but still flexible enough for use. A severe muscle strain is when the muscle is severely torn. The symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains usually go away within a few weeks. More severe strains may take months to heal.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it can take one to eight weeks for a hip flexor injury to heal. Minor injuries typically require one to three weeks of recovery time, while more severe muscle tears can take four to eight weeks.
- Severe bruising (harm score 2-3) may be dangerous or cause serious complications. Further bleeding and excess fluid may accumulate causing a hard, fluctuating lump or swelling hematoma. This has the potential to cause compartment syndrome as the swelling cuts off blood flow to the tissues.
- “Pain that involves the hip joint is usually in the groin, right where your leg meets your body," Dr. Stuchin says. "The hip joint is in the groin and you can feel it as low as your knee, in the front of your leg down the thigh.” Hip dysplasia, a problem with the formation of your hip, can cause early hip arthritis.
- When Hip Tendonitis Is A Pain. The iliopsoas muscle flexes your hip, bends your trunk towards your thigh and rotates your thigh bone. It's made up of two muscles -- the psoas and iliacus. This tendon can get irritated from overuse, muscle weakness and muscle tightness, causing tenderness and pain.
Many people who experience hip flexor strain will have these symptoms as well:
- sudden, sharp pain in the hip or pelvis after trauma to the area.
- a cramping or clenching sensation in the muscles of the upper leg area.
- the upper leg feeling tender and sore.
- Common and some not-so-common injuries of the hip joint.
- Broken hip. A broken hip, or hip fracture, can occur at any age, but they are most common in people age 65 and older, particularly women, with osteoporosis.
- Labral tear.
- Snapping hip syndrome.
- This is when your hips are pushed forward and your back stiffens. Anterior pelvic tilt shortens your hip flexor muscles, therefore, causing tight hips.  Tight hip flexors can cause you to slouch or hunch over at your desk. Lower body stretches can loosen tight hips and relieve back pain.
- Depending on the severity of the injury, it can take one to eight weeks for a hip flexor injury to heal. Minor injuries typically require one to three weeks of recovery time, while more severe muscle tears can take four to eight weeks.
Updated: 2nd October 2019