+Donna Martin
Oct 162013

What pain and symptoms are associated with the adductor longus muscle?

Adductor longus muscle pain pattern

The adductor longus 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
  • Pain above the knee
  • Restricted movement in the hip and thigh

Where is the adductor longus muscle?

It connects the pubic bone to the the thigh bone.

What movements does the adductor longus control?

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

Activities that cause adductor longus muscle pain and symptoms:

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

Interesting facts about the adductor longus muscle:

Trigger points in the adductor longus is the most common cause of groin pain.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Adductor Longus muscle

You use the adductor longus muscle to move the thigh in toward the other leg and to twist the thigh inward.

  • Floating Patella
  • Obturator or Genitofemoral nerve entrapment
  • Pubic stress fracture
  • Pubic stress symphysitis
  • Muscle strain (groin pull)

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

Satellite Trigger Points: Adductor Magnus, Pectineus and Vastus Medius

Affected Organ Systems:  Reproductive System

For detailed anatomy information see: Adductor Longus Muscle Anatomy

Due to similar muscle attachments, movement control also see: Adductor Brevis Muscle: Groin, Thigh, Hip, Knee Pain

Help with Adductor Longus  Groin Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

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 thigh, up into the fold of the leg and 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.


Cold Therapy Gel For Groin Injury

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle 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.

Cold And Warm Pack For Adductor Muscles

Thigh or Quad Ice Wrap by Active Wrap 

The  Thigh or Quad Ice Wrap by Active Wrap can be used for warm or cold therapy. I like this pack because it can be adjusted and can be worn while you are up and moving. If you have chronically tight muscles the inside of the thigh I suggest using this for heat. However, if the pain is caused from a recent injury I always recommend cold for 20 minute several times a day.  Remember if you are using cold therapy to only apply for 20 minutes per hour to avoid tissue damage.   cramer-groin-wrap_sm

The Cramer E6 Groin Hip Spica is a full wrap and support for groin injuries. The wrap is made to fit high up on the thigh and around the hip with a abdomen band that will hold the wrap in place. The brace is pliable neoprene which provides warmth and making it comfortable to wear. Recommended by Physical Therapists and athletic trainers for high thigh and groin injuries.

Find and Treat The Source of  Groin Injuries

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body. Do you know that small knots in the adductor longus muscle 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. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle.  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 adductors 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.

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