The muscles surrounding the hips in the lower extremities provide stability to the lumbar spine and pelvis while allowing mobility, flexibility, and rotation to the groin, legs, and thighs. The muscles surrounding the groin consist of three large muscle groups: the abdominals, iliopsoas, and adductors, which have casual relationship with the various ligaments and soft tissues that can be succumbed to injuries or other symptoms that can lead to pain and misalignment to the body. This happens to many individuals who participate in sports or frequently exercise, which can cause strain near the groin and the surrounding muscles. Today’s article focuses on the causes of a groin strain, how it affects the hips and pelvis, and how available treatments can help reduce groin strain. We mention and provide valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers who use techniques like the MET and therapy for individuals with a groin strain and causing mobility issues when functioning. We give encouragement to patients by referring them to associated medical providers based on their diagnostic findings. We support that education is a marvelous way to ask our providers the most interesting questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., incorporates this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
Have you experienced any mobility issues when walking? Do you feel pain near your hips or groin? Or do you feel muscle weakness in your thighs when exercising? Many of these issues are associated with a muscle strain near the groin affecting your lower body. The muscles surrounding the groin allow the legs and thighs to move around in flexion, rotation, and extension without feeling pain. However, when a person starts to feel pain radiating around their groin, it can become an issue if not taken care of. Studies reveal that some of the causes, like adductor strain or injuries from physical activities, can cause the muscle fibers in the three muscle groups of the groin to be in pain. In “Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques,” authors Leon Chaitow and Judith Walker DeLany, stated that chronic joint and soft tissue conditions predate presenting acute symptoms to the groin muscle regions. To that point, if a person has predisposed injuries in the groin muscles, it can affect how a person walks and functions when in motion, potentially leading to issues affecting the hips and pelvis.
Studies reveal multiple pathologies that can coexist in the hips and pelvis that could cause similar symptoms to the hips and pelvis that can correlate with several organ systems like the gut and reproductive system that causes referred pain to the groin. Additional studies also mentioned that groin pain is widely known as an issue among professional and amateur athletes. They could experience different symptoms and injuries from groin pain associated with the hips and pelvis. An example would be if an individual is participating in a sports event, they could be experiencing myofascial trigger points related to the groin, affecting the pelvis and hips. Some of the symptoms associated with groin strain include:
Many of these symptoms that affect the hips and pelvis can lead to many issues that cause people to be in constant pain or discomfort until they find relief.
Have you been experiencing mobility issues? What about pain in your hips, pelvis, or groin? Or do you often feel discomfort when stretching? Many of these issues are associated with groin strain along the hips and pelvic region. Groin strain occurs in the three large muscle groups: the abdominals, iliopsoas, and adductors, when they are overstretched and cause referred pain to the hips and pelvis. This causes many individuals to have instability and mobility issues. Some of the present symptoms that occur to these muscles include:
When pain is causing issues in the groin, many individuals will go to available treatments to help reduce the pain and regain mobility when exercising. One of the available treatments is chiropractic care. The video above shows how chiropractic care is incorporated into modern life as it uses non-invasive hands-on treatment to realign the body and help lengthen the affected muscles.
Numerous treatments can help reduce groin strain from affecting the lower extremities and help bring mobility back to the surrounding muscles. Many individuals would utilize ice packs, resting and elevating the leg to prevent future injuries from re-occurring. However, if left untreated, it can worsen and lead to chronic conditions. Luckily treatments like chiropractic care combined with soft tissue stretching techniques like MET (muscle energy techniques) can help to mobilize restricted joints and relax acute muscular spasms or contractions while preparing the joint for manipulation. A chiropractor will utilize these techniques to realign the spine from subluxation and loosen stiff joints and surrounding muscles that have been affected. Chiropractors will also inform their patients to incorporate various exercises and stretches to help strengthen the affected muscle group and become more aware of their bodies.
Overall, the various muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the lower extremities, like the thighs, legs, and groin, allow mobility, flexibility, and rotation to the lower portion of the body. When injuries begin to affect these extremities, it can lead to referred pain to the hips and pelvis, causing groin strain and invoking pain. If not treated right away, it can develop into chronic conditions that cause mobility and stability issues in the lower body. The upper body would have to compensate for the pain causing subluxation to the spine. Luckily, treatments like chiropractic care combined with stretching techniques like MET can help reduce the pain in the groin muscles while lengthening the short muscles. These techniques allow mobility back to the lower extremities and realign the body so the individuals can be pain-free.
Bisciotti, Gian Nicola, et al. “Groin Pain Syndrome: An Association of Different Pathologies and a Case Presentation.” Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 20 Oct. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4617224/.
Chaitow, Leon, and Judith Walker DeLany. Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques. Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
Kiel, John, and Kimberly Kaiser. “Adductor Strain.” In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL), StatPearls Publishing, 21 June 2022, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493166/.
Tyler, Timothy F, et al. “Groin Injuries in Sports Medicine.” Sports Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3445110/.
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