In general, treatment and rehabilitation are designed to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and restore strength—in that order.
RICE is the standard treatment protocol for mild to moderate muscle strains.
Rest. Avoid putting weight on the hip. Your doctor may suggest using crutches for the first day or two after the injury.
Ice. Gently massage the area with ice to help decrease swelling.
Compression. Compression shorts or a wrap bandage may be helpful.
Your Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic orthopaedic physician may also recommend aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and ease pain.
After the first couple of days, your doctor may suggest heat therapy, including hot soaks, heat lamps, or heating pads.
Avoid the activity that caused the strain for 10 to 14 days. During that time, you can rebuild muscle strength and endurance with stretching and strengthening exercises.
If the pain returns, stop and go back to easier activities that do not cause pain. Severe muscle strains may require a longer rehabilitation time.