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Pain in Calf or Groin with Stiff Hip

Your Pain Pattern,
What Aggravates It,

The Underlying Anatomy
How to Get Relief,
and more…

How People Describe This Pain Pattern

People have pain in their calf or groin with a stiff hip. The pain is usually the greater concern. And, one of the two complaints usually dominate:

  • People complain of a specific spot on the upper, outside of their calf. It has some intensity and may even burn.
  • Less often, they have pain in their groin that may extend into their genitalia or down the thigh. It usually bites at them when they twist their trunk or legs. They are less likely to complain about this to their bodyworker, as they think it may be a hernia. Furthermore, they aren’t interested in having treatment there.

Groin pain that feels like a hernia,
should be checked by your doctor
before seeking relief through bodywork.

With either of these, they often have a stiff hip. It is usually less defined than the picture suggests. Also, they are more focused on the other pain, which tends to be more intense. I typically have to ask how their low back is doing for them to mention the stiff hip.

Groin pain often prompts a visit to the MD, where this is often viewed as a hernia, although the doctor often sees this as not severe enough to repair. One client’s family had a long history of inguinal hernias and was disappointed when the doctor did not offer him relief.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

This is often caused by twisting the pelvis for a long period, although a sudden twist of the pelvis may also cause it. The latter usually involves a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury resulting in a direct blow to the hip.

However, clients often complain of this after being seated in a twisted position for a long time. This usually happens when they are away from their typical digs, such as at a conference or sitting on a worn-out coffee shop couch. Sit up straight, Chandler!

Once this is aggravated, it is easy to elicit the pain pattern. It usually happens from a quick, albeit subtle, twist of the trunk or hip. Walking on uneven ground is particularly aggravating. One client had trouble rehabilitating because he was often tending to chickens and walking through the woods on his farm.

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Recommendations.

This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch, and other strategies that relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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