For several months I have experienced pain in my right hip flexor when squatting.
It started when I built up to a comfortable new gym max of 365 on the lowbar squat. Began as tightness, but soon became stabby-painful when I tried to begin my next training cycle. I still had the strength to lift the weights, but it was very uncomfortable.
I dropped back down to just the bar, and tried to build back up in sets of 10 until the pain was gone (my normal rehab routine), adding a bit of weight each time. After a few sessions, I reached 115-135 but it remained painful.
After months of stretching, mobility drills, some rolling, and a chiropractor visit I am officially frustrated and need advice.
The pain is mostly gone, but presents as a feeling of someone holding the brake pedal down on the concentric portion of my squats.
If I lift my knee straight up and forward, I feel no pain. However, lifting it up and a 45 degree angle or straight to the side creates a small sharp pain where the thigh bone meets the hip.
Deadlifting seems unaffected by this, and benching is fine. I do have some history of adductor strains and tightness, but have focused so much on mobility/flexibility that I am now mere inches away from full front and side splits. I was able to set a small power clean PR in the meantime, so that seems unaffected too. And I have also tried extended rest doing nothing at all, with no positive result.
Has anyone else overcome this issue? Any help is GREATLY appreciated