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Hip Abductor Pain

Hip abductor muscles help lift the legs away from the body and stabilise the hip joints. Stress or overuse of weak abductors often lead to pain from tightness, strain and tears. These injuries pervade among pregnant women, elderly people, runners and other athletes.

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Symptoms and Risks

Hip abductor pain sometimes manifests in localised areas of tight muscle called trigger points. Continually compromised movement worsens the injury and increases the risk for lower back pain and spinal disk damage.


According to the Iowa Orthopaedic Journal, muscular hip pain can resemble sciatica, a condition of the sciatic nerve.


Everyday habits to reduce stress on hip abductor muscles include standing with even weight distribution, avoiding crossing the legs while sitting, and putting a pillow between the knees while sleeping on the side. Athletes should avoid excessive increases in training intensity.


Icing reduces inflammation, and a regimen of stretching and strengthening exercises decreases muscular imbalance. Muscle and tendon tears may require surgery.


If left untreated, hip abductor pain can become chronic. Seeing a medical professional is a good way to avoid this.

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About the Author

Patrick Wolf is a musician and writer in Chapel Hill, NC. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his pieces have been published in the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's Leaflet newsletter and The Chapel Hill News.

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