Thigh and Groin Injuries


Iliotibial Band Syndrome (aka Runners Knee)

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome? The Iliotibial band (ITB) experiences friction as it passes over the femur bone, back and forth over the epicondyle (bony bit on the outside of the knee). When the knee bends at around 20-30 degrees the IT band experiences the greatest friction. This is about the range where a runners knee is bent and the foot hits the floor, making this condition fairly common in runners. Symptoms of ITB syndrome include pain on the outside of the knee which is worse running downhill and often starts at... Read More


Trochanteric Hip Bursitis

Trochanteric hip bursitis; in simple terms is an overuse injury at the hip which is common in runners. Bursitis is a trochanteric (trochanteric refers to either of two knobs at the top of the femur, serving for the attachment of muscles between the thigh and pelvis.) hip bursitis condition. Bursitis is a condition which can affect many joints within the body. The term “Bursitis” refers to any inflammation of a bursa. a small fluid-filled sac or sac-like cavity situated in places in tissues where friction would otherwise occur. Bursae function... Read More

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Hamstring Injuries

Some body parts are more prone to injury than others. The hamstring is unfortunately one of those, and likes to act up at every opportunity! Just like every type of injury to tissue in the body the more pressure it’s under, the more likely there will be damage. The hamstring muscles are located on the back of your upper leg, and attach from the lower part of your pelvis down to the back of your knee. Their function is primarily to flex your knee, and extend the hip. A hamstring... Read More


Hamstring Tendonitis

Causes Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Excessive speed changing whilst running Insufficient warm up exercise Poor core strength Symptoms Pain at the back of the knee and thigh which increases over time Pain when resuming activity Swelling and inflammation Aching and stiffness after activity Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory medications Taping and strapping techniques Physiotherapy Steroid injection What is Hamstring Tendonitis? The Hamstring tendon is the soft tissue which connects the hamstring muscle to the outer aspect of the knee. Hamstring tendonitis occurs when this tendon becomes damaged... Read More

Hamstring Strain

SUMMARY Causes Sudden large force or pressure to the hamstring Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Excessive speed changing whilst running Insufficient warm up exercise Poor core strength Symptoms Sudden sharp pain or pulling sensation at back of the thigh at point of injury For minor strains pain may be more noticable at cool down Aching and stiffness Swelling and inflammation Treatment RICE method Taping and strapping techniques Physiotherapy Anti-inflammatory medication What is a Hamstring Strain? The Hamstring muscle is the soft tissue which connects the pelvis to... Read More

Groin Strain

SUMMARY Causes Sudden contraction of the groin muscles Inadequate warm-up Common in sports which require rapid acceleration and jumping Symptoms Sudden onset of pain in the groin and inner thigh Pain when resuming activity Swelling, weakness and tightness in the groin Treatment RICE method Physiotherapy Heat Therapy Anti-inflammatory medication What causes Groin Strain? A groin strain occurs when the muscles in the groin (adductors) are stretched too far cuasing the fibres in the muscles to tear and in more severe cases completely rupture. The most common cause of groin strain... Read More