Overview on hip adductor tendinopathy

Hip adductor tendinopathy is a usual source of groin pain. It is important to note that there are 5 hip adductor muscles that originate from the pelvis to the knee. These muscles are responsible for pulling the legs together as well as used extensively in hurdling, sprinting, horse riding and football.

What are the indications?

  • Groin pain or achiness at the upper part of the adductor muscles that radiates down the leg
  • Pain during resisted flexion of the hip

    Groin pain or achiness at the upper part of the adductor muscles that radiates down the leg.

  • Difficulty in running particularly with sprinting
  • Pain or discomfort when pressing the legs together against resistance
  • Pain at a specific site on the bone in the groin

How is the injury diagnosed?

As a tendon injury, the physiotherapist will ask the individual about his/her previous health history, symptoms and exercise routine. A physical exam is done to confirm a diagnosis.

In case the symptoms are severe or the condition does not seem to improve with prompt treatment, diagnostic tests might be required such as MRI or ultrasound.

Management of hip adductor tendinopathy

In most instances, hip adductor tendinopathy can be managed at home with the following measures:

  • Allow the sore area to rest and avoid engaging in any activities that can aggravate the pain
  • Apply an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, ideally at 2 times in an hour during the initial 72 hours.
  • Encourage the individual to perform gentle range of motion exercises and stretching to prevent rigidity
  • The individual should engage in an eccentric strengthening program

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on hip adductor tendinopathy is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize the indications of this tendon injury, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Victoria, Surrey, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Red Deer, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.


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