+Donna Martin
Dec 282012

What pain and symptoms are associated with the sartorius muscle?

Pain pattern of the sartorius muscle in the upper thigh.

The sartorius can cause a stinging burning pain in the front and inside of the thigh.

  • Burning stinging pain under the skin starting at the bottom of the outside of the hip traveling down over the thigh to the inside of the knee
  • Inside of knees maybe painful or hypersensitive

Where is the sartorius muscle?

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

What movements does the sartorius control?

  • Assists in raising leg at the thigh (bringing knee to chest)
  • Assists with twisting the knee in toward the body
  • Assists moving the thigh in toward and away from the body when knee is bent
  • Assists with bending knee

Activities that cause sartorius muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Sitting with legs up and crossed for long periods of time (recliners, sleeping)
  • Slipping or a misstep
  • Sports that require planting one foot and making a sharp turn (basketball, football)
  • Walking with an extended long stride

Interesting facts about the sartorius muscle:

  • Known as the tailor’s muscle. Tailors would sit with their legs crossed while they sewed and would have pain along the path of the sartorius muscle.
  • The sartorius is the longest muscle in the body.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Floating Patella
  • Meniscus tear
  • Muscle tear of the anterior thigh
  • Anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Posterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Sprain / Strain of the thigh or knee
  • Rot-Bernhardt syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
The sartorius muscle is found in the upper leg.

You use your sartorius muscle when you lift your knee, twist your knee and bend your knee.

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

Satellite Trigger Points: Rectus femoris, Vastus medialis, Adductor magnus, Adductor longus,  Adductor brevis

Affected Organ Systems: Urinary and Reproductive Systems

For more detailed anatomy information about the sartorius muscle see: Sartorius Muscle Anatomy

Help with Sartorius Muscle Upper Thigh Pain

Warm Therapy Gel For Thigh 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.  Applying Sombra can help reduce pain.  I recommend Sombra for chronic pain and injuries over a week old. If the pain from the sartorius muscle is down toward the knee, Sombra will help. However, if you are experiencing the stinging burning pain on the front and inside of the thigh that is common with the sartorius, Biofreeze is what I would recommend.

Cold Therapy Gel For Thigh Pain

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. The cold action of Biofreeze works better than heating creams on the burning and stinging pain that is common with sartorius muscle dysfunction.

Cold And Warm Pack For Sartorius Muscle

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.  Cold therapy works well for the stinging pain that is associated with the sartorius muscle.

Remember if you are using cold therapy to only apply for 20 minutes per hour to avoid tissue damage.




Self Treatment Massage Technique For Sartorius Injuries

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

Do you know that small knots in the sartorius muscle can cause constant burning pain from the hip to the inside of the knee?

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. 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 this unresolved burning pain in your hip, thigh and knee you may want to learn about the trigger point in the sartorius  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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