+Donna Martin
Nov 102012

What pain and symptoms are associated with the pectineus muscle?

Pectineus muscle

Pectineus muscle contributes to pain in the groin, pelvis and upper thigh.

  • Pain in the fold where the leg joins the body
  • Groin pain
  • Pelvic pain

Where is the pectineus muscle?

It connects to the pubic bone to the top of the thigh bone.

What movements does the pectineus control?

  • Assists with twisting the thigh toward the body
  • Assists with moving the thigh forward

Activities that cause pectineus muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Sitting with legs up and crossed for long periods of time (recliners, sleeping)
  • Slipping or a misstep
  • Power walking
  • Gymnastics
  • Horseback riding
  • Hip replacement surgery

Interesting facts about the pectineus muscle:

  • Pectineus is derived from the Latin word pecten meaning comb. The shape, size and ridges in the muscle resemble the long tooth combs that women used to wear in their hair.
  • The pectineus is often injured when a person starts a regimen of power walking. During power walking a person will often extend their stride, reaching farther than they would in normal stride. Over extension while walking or running injures the pectineus.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Pectneus Musle

You use the pectineus muscle when you twist your thigh inward and when you move your thigh forward.

  • Hip joint disease
  • Pubic stress symphysitis
  • Sprain/Strain of the thigh
  • Groin pull

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

Satellite Trigger Points: Iliopsoas, Adductor Magnus, Adductor Brevis, Adductor Longus, Gracilis

Affected Organ Systems:  Urinary and Reproductive Systems

For anatomy information see: Pectineus Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

Help with Pectineus 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 in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat and is great for relieving pain.  Applying Sombra to the muscles high on the front thigh, up into the fold of the leg can help reduce pain and tightness caused by the pectineus muscle.  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.  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. If  your pain is from a recent injury I would recommend Biofreeze. This is excellent to use on sprain and strained groin muscles.

Groin Brace and Support


The McDavid Groin Wrap 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.

Self Treatment Massage Techniques For Groin Injuries

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

Do you know that small knots in the pectineus muscle can contribute to groin and pelvis pain?

Groin and pelvic 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 groin and pelvis pain you may want to learn about the trigger point in the pectineus muscle 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.




 November 10, 2012  Posted by  Upper Leg Muscles Tagged with: , , , ,

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