+Donna Martin
Dec 282012

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

The adductor magnus muscle contributes to pain down the front and inside of the thigh.

Deep aching in the groin and pelvis areas that is sometimes a stabbing sharp pain can be caused by the adductor magnus.Pain starting at the hip extending down the front of the thigh going toward the inside of the knee is also a sign of adductor dysfunction.

  • Groin pain during activity, pain lessens at rest
  • Pain in the front of the inner upper thigh
  • Pelvic pain

Where is the adductor magnus muscle?

It connects the pubic bone and a bottom pelvic bone to the back of the thigh bone.

What movements does the adductor magnus control?

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

Activities that cause adductor magnus muscle pain and symptoms:

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

Interesting facts about the adductor magnus muscle:

Trigger points in the adductor magnus can cause pain deep in the pelvic area. Pain may present as a dull ache, or a sharp stabbing pain. Those suffering with adductor magnus symptoms often sleep with a pillow in between the knees to ease pain.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Adductor_Magnus diagram

You use the adductor magnus muscle to pull and twist the upper leg inward toward the other leg.

  • Obturator or Genitofemoral nerve entrapment
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Iliac or femoral thrombosis
  • Pubic stress fracture
  • Prolapsed Uterus
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Muscle Strain (groin pull)

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

Satellite Trigger Points: Adductor longus, Adductor brevis, Vastus medialis, Gracilis, Pectineus

Affected Organ Systems: Reproductive System

For anatomy information see: Adductor Magnus Muscle Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Help with Adductor Magnus Muscle Thigh and 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. It works better than other over the counter heating creams, providing therapeutic warmth without burning heat.  Applying Sombra to the muscles high on the front thigh, up into the fold of the leg and to 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 recently 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.  It  is better than warm therapy gels and creams for recent injury muscle pain 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 recently sprained and strained groin muscles.

Cold And Warm Pack For Adductor Groin Muscles Injury

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. Comfort Pack 6" x 10" The Comfort Pack 6″ x 10″ size works well to apply heat or cold therapy to groin injuries around the fold of the leg going into the groin and pelvic area where a thigh wrap will not reach. It is important to treat this area because this is where the tendon connects into the bone and it is often the site of the injury.

Adductors Groin Brace and Support 

cramer-groin-wrap_sm The Cramer E6 Groin Hip Spica can help provide compression and support to a pulled or strained groin muscle. Adjustable Velcro closure can be adjusted for a snug fit. I do not have experience with this support but it was recommended by a chiropractor and is highly rated on a physical therapy site on the internet. 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.

Trigger Point Self Treatment Massage Technique For Adductor Groin Injuries

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.Do you know that small knots in the adductor magnus muscle can contribute to deep aching pelvis 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 deep aching 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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