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Life can be a pain in the groin. You hear about groin pain all the time if you watch enough football, baseball and basketball. But, you do not have to be an athlete to experience a pain in the area where the abdomen meets the legs. Actually, it is quite easy to understand why so many people experience groin pain at some point in life because so much is happening in that region of the body. Many different muscles attach in that area. The major bones of the spine, pelvis, and legs join in that area. And some very important internal organs lie nearby as well. With so much that can go wrong, it is no wonder why life can be a pain in the groin.
By far and away, the most common cause of groin pain is muscular. Did you ever wonder why a big 300 pound lineman could hit the ground and wince like a baby due to a groin injury? Hey, those muscles really can hurt. One muscle is the Iliopsoas which flexes the hip. Because of its deep position along the spine before it attaches in the groin, ...
When I first got sick, I couldn’t fathom taking part in walks for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. At the time, it felt like a gavel coming down, like taking part in such a public and overt display made it all real, meant that I really was sick, and that I was a twenty something living with these illnesses.
In some ways, it worked out that my diagnoses came right around the time when the walks were taking place, so in 2008, there was absolutely no way I was going to do them. But since then, I have made these walks an annual thing, a symbolic representation that I am living with these illnesses.
In 2009, I did the arthritis walk with one of my very good friends, and the lupus walk with my aunt. I was still feeling unsure about the whole thing, but ultimately, I have come to see these walks as a necessary part of my life. If I am physically healthy enough to do them, I will.
This year, my aunt and I did the arthritis walk a few weekends ago at the Detroit Zoo, a...
Pain in the groin or buttocks with a loss of hip motion requires special attention. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative to avoid degenerative changes in the hip joint later in life. There are many possible causes of this type of hip pain. In this article, surgeons from the Rochester, Minnesota Mayo Clinic focus on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) as a cause of hip pain leading to hip osteoarthritis. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) describes a condition where the top of the femur (thigh bone) pinches the rim of the hip socket. The area that gets compressed is referred to as the acetabular rim . This type of impingement occurs most often when the hip is flexed and internally rotated. For a long time, it was believed that FAI only occurred in people with some kind of abnormal anatomy of the hip. There was either a backward tilted angle of the hip socket called retroversion , a larger socket than the ball (head of the femur) inside the socket, or flattening of the femoral head. O...
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