What is Adductor injury?

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An adductor strain is a common problem amongst athletes and sportsmen and women.

The adductor muscle can be injured when there is a forced push off or if the leg is taken forcefully out to the side. Very high forces can be put through the adductor muscles and tendons when an athlete suddenly changes direction or in jumping and overstretching. 

40% of patients diagnosed with Gilmore’s Groin also have torn adductors. 

Sometimes what may happen is that the adductor tendon becomes repeatedly injured and becomes thickened and rigid. This can also happen if it tears and heals badly. In these cases, the muscle underneath the tendon is prevented from moving smoothly. In particular if the muscle contracts very suddenly, the rigid tendon prevents the muscle contracting properly and the muscle itself tears.

If this happens then an adductor tenotomy may be needed. ‌‌


If you experience the following you should get yourself checked:

  • Tightness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Sudden sharp pains (this may escalate depending on the severity of the tear)
  • Pain caused while stretching
  • Discomfort while walking or moving

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