Gracilis Muscle: Constant burning pain in the inside of the thigh

What pain and symptoms are associated with the gracilis muscle?

Pain pattern of the gracilis muscle

The gracilis muscle is known for a constant burning pain on the inside of the upper thigh.

  • Hot stinging pain under the skin on the inside of the thigh
  • Pain is constant even at rest, changing position does not subside pain

Where is the gracilis muscle?

It attaches to the pubic bone, travels down the inside of the thigh and connects to the shin bone.

What movements do the gracilis control?

  • Twists the knee in toward the body
  • Moves the thigh inward toward the body
  • Assists in bending the knee

Activities that cause gracilis muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time
  • Horseback riding
  • Skiing
  • Slipping or a misstep
  • Doing the splits

Interesting facts about the gracilis muscle:

  • It is the second longest muscle in the body.
  • Tissue is taken from the  gracilis for reconstructive surgery.
  • It lies immediately under the skin.

Clinical diagnoses to which the gracilis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Hip joint disease
  • Sprain/Strain of the thigh or knee
  • Pulled groin
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pubic Stress symphysitis
  • Obturator Nerve Entrapment
Gracilis Muscle Anatomy

You use the gracilis muscle when you twist your knee inward toward the other leg, pull your thigh inward, and when you bend the knee.

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

Satellite trigger points:  Sartorius

Affected Organ Systems: Reproductive and Urinary Systems

For gracilis anatomy information see: Gracilis Muscle Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Actions, and Innervation

Warm Therapy Gel For Groin Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat and is great for relieving pain.  Applying Sombra can help reduce pain and tightness.  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 to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. 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. Many prefer the coolness of Biofreeze to treat the burning sting of gracilis muscle pain.

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 thigh for gracilis treatment.  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. Made in the USA

Gracilis Muscle and Groin Brace and Support 

cramer-groin-wrap_sm The Cramer E6 Groin Hip Spica can help provide compression and support to a high pulled or high strained gracilis and other groin muscles. 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.


Sub Sports RX Graduated Compression Leggings – Men

Compression Shorts and Leggings for Groin Muscle Support and Injury Recovery


Sub Sports RX Graduated Compression Shorts -Women

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. The Sub Sports RX Graduated Compression Baselayer Leggings / Tights provide great comfortable compression at a reasonable price. The Men’s Base Layer Shorts and long leggings or Base Layer Shorts for Women are a good choice for gracilis muscle and other groin muscle support during exercise or injury recovery. The Sub Sports RX Graduated Compression Shorts come in all sizes and have a choice of colors. Can be worn alone or under pants.

Due of the length of the gracilis muscle and because the muscle runs from pelvis to upper shin bone, the compression long leggings that cover from hip to knee will treat the full length of the gracilis muscle.

For those who prefer compressive leggings see:  Long Leggings for Men and  3/4 leggings for women


Massage Tools for Self Treatment of the Gracilis Muscle


I recommend 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 gracilis 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!



Trigger Point Self Treatment Massage Technique For Gracilis Groin Injuries

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

Do you know that small knots and other dysfunction in the gracilis muscle can cause constant burning pain on the inside of the thigh?

This constant pain can be annoying and if it lasts over time it can affect your life. If you have this 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 this unresolved burning pain on the inside of  your thigh you may want to learn about the trigger point in the gracilis  muscle 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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