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Groin pain is serious business for athletes trying to stay in the game. Hockey and soccer players are at greatest risk for adductor muscle strain but any athlete in any sport can be affected. The adductor muscles are located along the inner thigh. Adductor strain is a major cause of groin pain in athletes. The temptation to play through the pain can lead to worse problems later. How can these injuries be prevented? In this review article, a group of sports medicine professionals searched the available studies on the problem of groin injuries in sports. The group included physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. The focus was on the six muscles of the adductor muscle group. They made it clear right from the start that ignoring muscle strains or getting the wrong treatment can turn a minor problem into a major one. Chronic pain, loss of muscle function, and the end of a promising sports career may be the final results. How can this be avoided? First, identify who's at risk....
What exactly is motor weakness? Is it the same as muscle weakness? I have been told I have hemiplegic migraines. I suffer from slurred speech and difficulty talking as well as a loss of consciousness causing mini black outs, on a couple of occasions. My left arm is affected and becomes very weak and tired although I can still move it (reluctantly!) I also have numbness and pins and needles; so is this motor weakness or muscle problems? I usually end up with my left arm resting across me for the duration of the migraine. Could it be basilar migraine instead? I also have M.E. the symptoms of which worsen during a migraine attack. When the headache is severe I am hardly able to walk. Is this likely to be connected with the migraine? rosy.
Yes, motor weakness is essentially the same thing as the muscles being temporarily weak. This is a symptom that has to be explained carefully. Sometimes, people mistake numbness for w...
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common cause of knee pain in athletes. Active teens and adults are affected most often. The exact cause of this problem remains under investigation. Studies have linked hip muscle weakness with PFPS. Weakness of the hip abductor and hip external rotator muscles may be one cause of PFPS. When there's weakness of these muscles, then there's too much hip adduction (movement toward the midline) and internal rotation. These motions put increased stress on the patellofemoral joint. A recent study by a group of physical therapists showed that the Q-angle of the knee in patients with PFPS is increased during dynamic movements. The Q-angle is a measure of the angle between the femur (thigh) and the tibia (lower leg). An increased Q-angle means there is an increased lateral pull (sideways away from the knee) of the quadriceps (thigh) muscle. In this study, changes in knee alignment during movement were measured and compared between two groups of women. One...
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