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Adductor Brevis Muscle: Groin, Thigh, Hip, Knee Pain

Adductor brevis muscle pain pattern

The adductor brevis muscle can contribute to groin pain, pain in the front of the thigh, hip joint and knee pain.

  • Groin pain during activity, pain subsides with rest
  • Pain in the front of the outer upper thigh near the hip joint
  • Deep pain in the hip joint
  • Stiffness in the hip especially when turning the leg outward
  • Pain above the knee
  • Pain can descend down into the shin
  • Pain increases while carrying objects
  • Restricted movement in the hip and thigh

Where is the adductor brevis muscle?

It connects the pelvis (pubis bone) to the thigh bone (femur).

What movements does the adductor brevis control?

  • Moves leg in toward the body
  • Twists the leg in toward the body via the hip

Activities that cause adductor brevis muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time
  • Horseback riding
  • Slipping on ice or slick surfaces
  • Moving legs too far apart horizontally or vertically

Interesting facts about the adductor brevis muscle:

  • Because of the common attachment to the pubic bone and it's attachment to the adductor longus muscle, the pain pattern of the adductor brevis is the same as the adductor longus.  Both muscles are treated simultaneously.
  • "Growing pains" in the groin, pelvic area, and thigh in children can be caused by dysfunction in the adductor muscles.
Adductor brevis muscle

You use the adductor brevis muscle to move and twist the thigh inward toward your other leg.

Clinical diagnoses to which the adductor brevis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Floating Patella
  • Obturator or Genitofemoral nerve entrapment
  • Pubic stress fracture
  • Pubic stress symphysis
  • L2 L3 or L4 radiculopathy
  • Inguinal hernia

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the adductor brevis muscle:

Satellite Trigger Points: Adductor Magnus, Pectineus,Vastus Medius

Associated Organ System: Reproductive System

For anatomy information:  Adductor Brevis Anatomy

Due to similar muscle attachments, movement control also read: Adductor Longus Muscle: Groin, Thigh, Hip Joint, Knee Pain

Help with Adductor Brevis Groin Pain

Cold Therapy Gel For Groin Injury

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  Cold therapy should be used on new and recent injuries instead of heat as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If  your pain is from a recent injury I would recommend Biofreeze. This is excellent to use on sprain and strained groin muscles.To treat the adductor brevis rub Biofreeze on the high on the front of the upper thigh and down the front of the leg covering all the painful areas.

Biofreeze is recommended for recent adductor brevis muscle injury

Cold Pack For Groin Muscle Treatment

The Pro Ice Quad Multipurpose Cold Therapy Wrap is a good choice to provide cold therapy to both quadriceps and hamstring injuries. The wrap not only provides a consistent temperature but also provides compression which is important for reducing swelling and aiding in faster recovery.

cold pack for adductor brevis injury

Hot and Cold Multipurpose Wrap For Thigh and Groin Pain

The Hot Thermal and Ice Cold Compress Therapy Gel Pack Wrap is adjustable and is a great choice for a multipurpose pack to use on your thighs, knees, hip, and back. the wrap can be wrapped around the upper thigh for groin injury and pain. The pack can be put in the freezer and used for cold therapy on recently injured muscles to reduce pain and swelling. The pack can also be put in the microwave for warm therapy for chronic pain and stiffness. Solid quality construction that will last for a long time. To treat adductor brevis discomfort, wrap at the top of the thigh, as high as possible. Made in the USA

Cold Hot Pack for adductor brevis treatment

Warm Therapy Gel For Groin Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. Unlike other over the counter heating creams, it provides warmth without burning heat allowing the muscle to relax. Applying Sombra to the muscles high on the front and inside of the thigh, up into the fold of the leg then over toward the outside of the hip can help reduce pain and tightness caused by the adductor muscles. I recommend Sombra for chronic pain and injuries over a week old. If you have pulled or strained the groin, I recommend Biofreeze below.

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Braces and Support For Adductor Brevis Pain

Groin Strap For Thigh and Groin Pain

McDavid Groin Strap is recommended for high hamstring and groin pulls. This strap works well for people who have pulled a groin or hamstring muscle up high near the buttocks. The strap has an adjustable Velcro closure so you can adjust the pressure as needed.

McDavid groin strap treat adductor muscle strains and sprains

Adductor Brevis Muscle Groin Brace and Support

The Bodyprox Groin Support can help provide compression and support to a pulled or strained adductor brevis and other groin muscles. Adjustable Velcro closure can be adjusted for a snug fit. The wrap is made to fit high up on the thigh and around the hip with an abdomen band that will hold the wrap in place. The brace is pliable neoprene which makes it comfortable to wear. The neoprene radiates your body heat back into the muscles providing relief to sore achy muscles.

Bodyprox groin support for adductor muscle pulls

Compression Shorts for Upper Leg Muscle and Groin Compression Support

Compression wear is not just preventative wear for exercise. Compression wear can also aid in muscle injury support and reduce swelling during recovery time. If you are considering compression wear look for graduated compression. Graduated compression provides tight compression at the lower end of your limb and gradually decreases compressive force toward the top of the limb. This is important for circulation and inflammation reduction. Because the pectineus muscle is a high thigh muscle the shorter shorts will provide compression and support to the muscle. Compression shorts for men as well compression shorts for women come in all sizes, have a choice of colors and are available in various price points. The shorts can be worn alone or under pants.

If you are experiencing pain down the thigh to the knee you may want to consider Compression leggings for men or compression leggings for women

Self Treatment Tools For Adductor Brevis Pain

Tiger Tail Roller For Upper Leg Pain

I recommend the The Tiger Tail 18" Roller to use on both upper and lower leg muscles to help relieve tension and pain. I like the Tiger Tail for its ease of use and because it does not strain the wrists and hands. You do not have to contort into different positions or get on the floor or up against the wall to use this foam roller, simply roll it up or down the muscle. The 18" is a good size to use on leg muscles as well as other muscles. This roller is also recommended by physical therapists, athletic trainers and doctors for self-treatment of muscles in between appointments. To use the Tiger Tail on the adductor brevis and other groin muscles start on the inside of the thigh, and roll down the thigh down past the knee. (Start off gently, this area can be very tender). Start with light strokes for a minute or two and build into more pressure and more time. Do not overdo as you can irritate the muscles!

Tiger Tail Roller for adductor muscle strains

Find and Treat The Source of Adductor Brevis Groin Pain

Do you know that small knots or other dysfunction in the adductor brevis muscles can contribute to groin, pelvis and hip joint pain?

Groin, pelvic and hip pain can be debilitating. If you have unresolved pain I recommend that you purchase Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief.. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. If you have unresolved hip, groin and pelvis pain you may want to learn about the trigger points in the adductor muscles as well as other thigh and hip muscles to help you resolve your pain. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

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