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Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine in China with a Medical degree from Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the UK. Many year research and clinical experiences. This blog is for information only.

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Which muscles are involved in hip pain? Release hip pain with acupuncture.

The muscles of the hip joint are the muscles involved in movement and pain in the hip. There are four main groups of them.

Gluteal group

The gluteal muscles include the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus as mentioned above.

Tensor fasciae latae originates from the anterior part of the outer lip of pelvic bone and inserted about the junction of the middle and upper thirds of the thigh.

Adductor group

This group include five muscles: the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, pectineus and gracilis. They all originate on the pubis and insert on the medial, posterior surface of the femur, with the exception of the gracilis which inserts just below the medial condyle of the tibia. When they contract they move the thigh inwards.

Iliopsoas group

The iliacus and psoas major are the two muscles that belong to illiopsoas group. The pain and trigger points related to iliopsoas is at the hip, the low back and upper thigh. Walking and standing upright can be painful, if there are trigger point present in these muscles.

Lateral rotator group

This group comprises six muscles including the externus and internus obturators, the piriformis, the superior and inferior gemelli and guadratus femoris. These six muscles originate at the lower part of pelvic bone and insert on the top of the thigh bone.

Acupuncture can help reduce hip in most of the cases. For example, A woman aged 37 had left hip pain for 10 years. The pain was always there, sometimes it got worse, and sometimes it got better but it never went. It was a dull aching and throbbing pain. Walking made the pain worse. After 8 weekly acupuncture treatments the pain has completely gone. With one-year follow-up, the pain didn’t come back.

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