An Overview of Partial Psoas Lengthening as a
Psoas Impingement Treatment
The hip flexor muscles play a key role in allowing individuals to partake in sporting activities that include running and sprinting. Individuals who engage in sports or activities that involve the iliopsoas muscle are at a greater risk for injury. Chronic overuse of the hip flexor muscles can lead to injuries such as strains, tears, or tightness in this region of the hip. Symptoms from an iliopsoas injury, such as psoas impingement, are often centered over the front of the hip joint because this is where the tendon is located. Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities hip surgeon, Dr. Jeff Padalecki specializes in a psoas impingement treatment known as partial psoas lengthening.
What Causes Psoas Impingement?
Psoas impingement occurs when this tendon becomes tight and rubs against the front portion of the hip socket (acetabulum). This scenario leads to pain and disability. When athletes develop this particular type of impingement, they usually notice a snapping sensation in front of the hip. Experts often refer to this as snapping hip syndrome, or coxa internus.
What is the Treatment for a Snapping Hip?
After a thorough physical examination of the hip joint using either an X-ray or an MRI, Dr. Padalecki will assess whether or not the injury can be treated without surgery. If this proves to be the case, he will most likely recommend physical therapy which will help to physically stretch and strengthen the psoas tendon. He may also recommend an injection that can help alleviate symptoms. If these measures do not work, surgery may be the next step.