Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Pectineus
Treating Trigger Points - Hip Adductors / Pectineus
Pectineus trigger points are a common cause of groin pain, and often overlooked
The pectineus is sandwiched between the psoas major and the adductor longus.
Pain from trigger points in this muscle is typically felt deeply in the groin as a sharp pain within the femoral triangle.
As with the adductor muscle group, the pain is also sometimes felt in the joint itself.
Pectineus Trigger Points - Typically refer a sharp pain felt deeply in the groin
Pecten of pubis, between iliopubic (iliopectineal) eminence and pubic tubercle.
Pectineal line, from lesser trochanter to linea aspera of femur.
Adducts hip joint. Flexes hip joint.
Femoral nerve, L2, 3, 4. Occasionally receives an additional branch from obturator nerve, L3.
Basic Functional Movement
Example: walking along a straight line.
Pectineus Trigger Points - Common Pain Pattern
Referred Pain Patterns
Strong 8–12 cm zone of pain in anterior groin, with more diffuse radiations in an oval, toward the anteromedial thigh.
Persistent “internal” groin pain, groin strain, hip pain, post hip-replacement rehabilitation, post hip fracture, pregnancy, postpartum, pain during sexual intercourse/ hip adduction exercises (gym), osteoarthritis of hip.
Leg splint/cast, foot/ankle problems, sudden overload due to gymnastics, football/ice skating injury, horse riding, skiing, cross-legged sitting, leg length discrepancy.
Inguinal hernia. Femoral hernia. Lymphadenopathy. Meralgia paresthetica. Lumbar radiculopathy. Vascular incompetence.
Adductor longus/brevis, iliopsoas.
Trigger Point Treatment Techniques
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General Advice for Clients
Modify activities until trigger points diminish. Avoid repetitive hip adduction/flexion, some yoga positions (such as lotus). Avoid sitting cross-legged.
Use direct finger pressure, stretching techniques, balls, and/or a pressure tool.
Regular gentle stretching may be useful.
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