Winter is upon us. With the changing of the seasons there come change in the body. A variety of muscles, that may have been in some state of hibernation, are called upon to get us through the new conditions, when the air gets cold, the snow falls and the stressors of the holidays build. Without proper preparation and awareness, it may be easy to become fatigued and possibly injured. Let’s discuss a few of the common concerns we see at Stay Tuned Therapeutics.
Leg, Groin and Pubic Bone pain.
Weakness or tightness in the adductor muscle group of the thigh may play a major role in the development of groin “pulls”, SI joint dysfunction, pubic bone pain, medial knee pain, etc. Stabilizing the legs under our body in the slick conditions after a new snow fall is one of the responsibilities of the adductors.
The attachments (origin) coming from the periosteum of the pubic and ischium bones of the pelvis are common locations of strain. Commonly noted in athletics where there is a forceful abduction during an internal rotation and adduction movement, such as soccer, we can imagine the reverse to be true as well when slipping on unstable surface such as ice. Hip adductor injuries occur most commonly when there is a forced push-off (side-to-side motion). High forces occur in the adductor tendons when the athlete must shift direction suddenly in the opposite direction. As a result, the adductor muscles contract to generate opposing forces. We have all taken a bit of a slip, during running, walking to the car, lift line etc., leg shoots out, and we suddenly contract our adductors forcefully to bring the leg back under us. This opposing action is a major cause for injury.
In the next entry we will look at, strength, flexibility and balance, in an attempt to prevent hip/groin injury in the winter season. Also, we will also look at other common injuries and stressors as the holidays grow near. Stay Tuned.