Flexor tendonitis occurs when the tendons surrounding the front of the hip become inflamed. Most commonly, the iliopsoas tendon is affected as a result of overuse of activities involving repetitive flexion of the hip. For example, track athletes, gymnasts, soccer players, and ballet dancers are at high risk for flexor tendonitis. Resistance training, Pilates, rowing, and running or walking at an incline also can lead to flexor tendonitis of the hip.
Patients who have this condition commonly report groin pain, pain when touching muscles in the front of the hip, pain with repetitive hip flexion, pain getting out of a car, and pain going up and down stairs. Decreased range of motion of the hip and tightness sometimes develops.
Treatment for flexor tendonitis includes NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.) and a gentle stretching program or physical therapy.