The adductor muscles are a group of muscles responsible for bringing the leg back towards the centerline. They also stabilize and control the pelvis during day to day activities like walking. The group is comprised of six individual muscles, but adductor longus, adductor medius, adductor magnus and gracilis are the ones most commonly injured. All these muscles attach to the groin bone and are located on the inner thigh.
An adductor muscle strain is an acute injury to one of the adductor muscles and pain is located more in the muscle belly. Tendonitis is a chronic condition arising from repetitive strain and the pain is usually located more on the pubic bone.
Causes of Adductor Strain/Tendonitis:
- Most common found in athletes involved in a sport requiring twisting, turning, spinning and kicking – such as kick boxing, karate, football and soccer
Causes of Adductor Strain:
- Excessive straining of the adductors muscles involving twisting, kicking, spinning.
- Blunt force trauma.
- A over forceful contraction of the adductor muscles.
Causes of Adductor Tendonitis
- Repetitive movement causing micro tears, strains and contusions to the muscle and tendon.
Symptoms of Adductor Strain:
- Sudden pain in the inner thigh.
- Sudden pain in the groin.
- Minor weakness of the leg.
- Pain with moving the leg into adduction.
- No loss of range of motion.
- Potentially bruising and swelling.
Symptoms of Adductor Tendonitis
- Pain radiates into the thigh or up into the abdomen.
- Pain is diffuse and vague for location.
- Pain with exercise
- Stiffness in the morning, after exercise and with rest.
I approach treating your adductor strain/tendonitis to your presentation, which involves:
- Analyzing your posture – is your pelvis balanced and gluts strong?
- Discussing potential lifestyle dynamics impacting the effected the leg.
- Understanding how other factors such as flat feet, knocked knee can play into your pain.
- Muscle testing the muscles for weakness and pain.
- Targeting effected muscles, releasing motor points, trigger points and relaxing the fascia
- Providing exercises to continue treatment success between acupuncture treatments.
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