Iliofemoral ligament strain or sprain of hip is usually caused by a sudden forceful movement such as forceful kicking, twisting, or landing that causes the ligament to stretch beyond its normal range of motion. It can also be caused by repetitive activities that place the ligament under strain and cause it to tear.
The diagnosis of an iliofemoral ligament strain or sprain of hip is typically made through a physical examination. Your doctor will check for tenderness, swelling, and range of motion of the affected area. Imaging such as x-rays or MRI may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.
Differential diagnosis for iliofemoral ligament strain or sprain of the hip includes labral tear, acetabular fracture, or hip bursitis.
Treatment for an iliofemoral ligament strain or sprain of hip includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the affected area. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often recommended to help restore range of motion and strength. Surgery may be required in more severe cases.
The prognosis for an iliofemoral ligament strain or sprain of the hip is generally good. With proper treatment and rehabilitation, most patients can expect to make a full recovery.