Iliopsoas Inflammation

The iliopsoas muscle is a strong muscle that lifts the knee up. It starts at the lower back and goes down into the thigh. The muscle or tendon can become inflamed causing groin pain and a feeling of tightness and swelling. Read more on the causes, symptoms and treatment of this groin injury.

Symptoms of an inflamed iliopsoas muscle

Iliopsoas inflammation causes pain in the groin, particularly when the knee is lifted up towards the chest against resistance. There may be a sensation of tightness and swelling in the groin, especially if the bursa is involved. The athlete may enter a cycle of pain where the pain disappears during training only to recur worse after exercise stops.

What is the Iliopsoas Muscle?

The iliopsoas muscle is a very strong muscle that lifts the knee up. It starts at the lower back and inserts into the thigh bone (femur). This muscle can become inflamed if you overdo the situps especially with a weight behind your neck, or do lots of uphill running. Behind the muscle is a bursa that can become inflamed on its own or along with the tendon.

Treatment of an inflamed iliopsoas muscle

What can the athlete do?

Rest until there is no pain and cold therapy. Stretching the hip flexor muscle is important. See a sports injury professional who can advise on rehabilitation and strengthening.

What can a sports injury specialist?

Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication e.g. ibuprofen. Ultrasound therapy and a full rehabilitation program will be offered. In some cases, a steroid injection is indicated. If you have pain in the groin you must rest immediately or it could develop into a chronic condition that is very difficult to treat.

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