Dr. Alex Jimenez, El Paso's Chiropractor
I hope you have enjoyed our blog posts on various health, nutritional and injury related topics. Please don't hesitate in calling us or myself if you have questions when the need to seek care arises. Call the office or myself. Office 915-850-0900 - Cell 915-540-8444 Great Regards. Dr. J

Adductor Strain, Tendinopathy, and Sciatica

What is an Adductor Muscle Strain?


An adductor muscle strain is characterized as an acute injury to the muscles of the groin. Although a variety of muscles in the human body can be injured, the adductor longus, medius, magnus, and the gracilis are some of the most well-known muscle groups to be affected by an injury.  Strains are muscle tears which generally occur due to the powerful contraction of the muscles against resistance, often during what is referred to as an eccentric load.  


groin-muscles-diagram-3 | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


An eccentric load describes some muscle contraction while the muscle is lengthening, versus concentric, where the muscle is shortening during some muscle contraction. Most weight-lifting exercises and physical activities involve concentric contraction. By way of instance, bench press involves eccentric contraction. Moreover, tears can occur at the origin of the muscle, at the muscle-tendon junction, or inside the belly of the muscle(s). Tears most frequently happen at the muscle-tendon junction. The least common tendon injury occurs at the region of its bony attachment.  


Adductor muscle strains may be graded I-III depending upon their seriousness. A grade I injury involves a moderate strain with some pain and discomfort, tenderness, and bleeding, but no fiber disruption. The adductor muscle’s overall integrity is maintained although a Grade II injury involves further damage. A grade III injury involves disruption resulting in a loss of tendon integrity. Most adductor muscle strains are considered to be grade I or II injuries.  


Causes and Symptoms of an Adductor Strain


As previously mentioned above, an adductor muscle strain occurs during acute muscle contraction, such as during kicking, pivoting or skating. Factors which can predispose a person to injury include failure to properly stretch or warm up and fatigue from overuse. The risk of experiencing an adductor strain increases with sports involving strides like sprinting, soccer, and hockey. Sports with repeated movements like football, martial arts, and gymnastics can also substantially increase the risk of experiencing an adductor strain. Struggling to warm up, stretch or be properly conditioned can also cause injury.  


The symptoms associated with an adductor muscle strain most commonly involve a variety of painful symptoms which are most frequently related to other types of muscle strain. Common symptoms of an adductor muscle strain include a sudden onset of pain and discomfort, occasionally accompanied by the feeling of a pop in the inner section of the thigh as well as the inability to maintain action after the first onset of painful symptoms. Because an adductor strain may cause groin or hip pain, many patients and healthcare professionals may confuse this type of injury with sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.  


Groin Strains Diagram 1 | El Paso, TX Chiropractor  

Diagnosis and Treatment for an Adductor Strain


A healthcare professional can diagnose an adductor muscle strain through the patient’s medical history and a physical evaluation. Clinical findings include tenderness to palpation or touch, bruising through the inner thigh, as well as swelling and heat within the region of the injury. With acute tears, there might be a palpable defect over the area of the injury. Motion testing of the hip is normal, however, pain generally occurs while the patient is asked to contract the muscles. In these cases, asking the patient to bring their leg towards midline can ultimately cause pain and is generally accompanied by weakness.  


X-rays are often not utilized to diagnose an adductor muscle strain, however, they are appropriate in instances in which there are tenderness at the site of bony insertion or in young patients and/or athletes. In children, the attachment sites of a muscle and/or tendon are weaker and vulnerable to fracture. MRI can provide the precise location of an injury and the extent might help estimate return to play, or in rare cases, help identify any other cases which may require surgical interventions.  


Many adductor muscle strains respond positively to conservative treatment. The utilization of ice therapy and anti-inflammatory medicine are appropriate for acute muscle strains. As symptoms improve, stretching and exercises are generally not recommended. The healthcare professional may suggest a physical therapy program. Surgery may be required for adductor muscle tendon tears. Repair entails an open incision within the site of injury and reattachment of the tendon. Surgery is also essential in patients who have chronic pain whose symptoms don’t respond to conservative therapy.  


What is Adductor Tendinopathy?


Adductor tendinopathy is generally characterized as pain on palpation of the adductor tendons, adduction of the legs and/or of the injured leg. Pain can develop gradually or cause a sudden and severe, sharp pain. A swelling or a lump may also be experienced from the adductor muscle(s), stiffness at the groin area or an inability to contract or extend the adductors. In acute cases, exercises and physical activities will be restricted because the tendon can’t sustain repeated tensile loading.  


adductor tendinopathy diagram 2 | El Paso, TX Chiropractor  

Causes and Symptoms of Adductor Tendinopathy


The adductors are triggered in many sports such as, running, soccer, horse riding, gymnastics, and swimming. The repetitive movements and the continuous change of direction in physical activities activate the adductor tendon, which makes athletes more prevalent to develop adductor tendinopathy and other groin injuries. Other causes of adductor tendinopathy can include over-stretching of the adductor tendons or a sudden increase in training, especially in the type of training.  


Adductor tendinopathy may occur due to considerable leg length discrepancy which affects gait pattern. Poor or abnormal movement patterns may also overly stress the adductor tendons. Muscular length gaps, strength imbalances or muscular weakness in the thoracic or the abdominals can also be powerful in developing adductor tendinopathy. Other causes include a failure to properly warm-up, inactivity, fatigue, obesity, age-related weaknesses, genetics or degeneration.  


Diagnosis and Treatment for Adductor Tendinopathy


A healthcare professional can safely and effectively develop an appropriate treatment plan following a thorough diagnosis or further investigations could be undertaken, including ultrasound, MRI or CT scans. Achieving pain relief through the utilization of NSAIDs may be ineffective due to the non-inflammatory nature of the injury. Steroid injections are also not necessarily recommended due to potential tendon rupture if these are injected directly into the tendon.  


Physical therapy is often recommended for the treatment of adductor tendinopathy, although there’s no golden standard for the proper rehabilitation of the adductor tendon. Recovery is extremely variable across individuals because the injury may be degenerative or even due to previously failed healing. Strengthening exercises and physical activities are also recommended to promote proper healing. Treatment should be customized to the patient to avoid recurrence.  


Other treatment for adductor tendinopathy generally consists of avoiding exercise or physical activity in the first 48 hours. The patient should then apply the RICE treatment three times per day for 10-20 minutes to help reduce swelling and inflammation from any sudden trauma. If the painful symptoms have decreased, blood flow stimulation therapy could be started to help promote the healing process. Active treatment is subsequently suggested to follow up with rehabilitation.  


Furthermore, the goal of rehabilitation is to restore the adductor muscle and tendon properties where strength training is beneficial to the adductor structure, muscle building, and biomechanics. Recent research studies have also demonstrated that an eccentric based exercise program is the most effective as well as heavy-slow eccentric and concentric exercises for enhancing both function and symptoms. For effective treatment identifying the stage of the tendinopathy is also essential.  


Differential Diagnosis of Hip Pain and Discomfort



Most commonly well-known as a groin strain, an adductor muscle strain is a type of injury which affects one of a group of muscles found at the top of the thigh. Meanwhile, adductor tendinopathy can affect the tendons of the adductor muscles. Both of these type of injuries can ultimately cause a variety of painful symptoms and they generally require time to heal properly. Because of the location of the injury, many patients and healthcare professionals may confuse groin injuries with sciatica without proper diagnosis. Proper diagnosis is essential to follow-up with proper treatment. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight



Fibromyalgia Magazine




The purpose of the article was to discuss adductor muscle strain, tendinopathy, and sciatica. It has also been observed that patients with adductor injuries may confuse their symptoms for sciatica. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .  


Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez  



Additional Topic Discussion: Severe Sciatica


Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain attributes to the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of painful symptoms, however, sometimes the simplest of movements can have these results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica, through the utilization of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.  




Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX


XYMOGEN’s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.


Proudly, Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.


Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.


If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx


For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link.*XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download  


* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  




Again, I Welcome You 👊🏻.

Our Purpose & Passions: I am a Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in progressive, cutting-edge therapies and functional rehabilitation procedures focused on clinical physiology, total health, practical strength training, and complete conditioning. We focus on restoring normal body functions after neck, back, spinal and soft tissue injuries.

We use Specialized Chiropractic Protocols, Wellness Programs, Functional & Integrative Nutrition, Agility & Mobility Fitness Training, and Rehabilitation Systems for all ages.

As an extension to effective rehabilitation, we too offer our patients, disabled veterans, athletes, young and elder a diverse portfolio of strength equipment, high-performance exercises, and advanced agility treatment options. We have teamed up with the cities premier doctors, therapists,s, and trainers to provide high-level competitive athletes the possibilities to push themselves to their highest abilities within our facilities.

We’ve been blessed to use our methods with thousands of El Pasoans over the last three decades allowing us to restore our patients’ health and fitness while implementing researched non-surgical methods and functional wellness programs.

Our programs are natural and use the body’s ability to achieve specific measured goals, rather than introducing harmful chemicals, controversial hormone replacement, unwanted surgeries, or addictive drugs. We want you to live a functional life that is fulfilled with more energy, a positive attitude, better sleep, and less pain. Our goal is to ultimately empower our patients to maintain the healthiest way of living.

With a bit of work, we can achieve optimal health together, no matter the age or disability.

Join us in improving your health for you and your family.

It’s all about: LIVING, LOVING & MATTERING! 🍎

Welcome & God Bless


6440 Gateway East, Ste B
Phone: 915-850-0900

East Side:
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste 128
Phone: 915-412-6677

Clinic Location 1

Address: 11860 Vista Del Sol Dr Suite 128
El Paso, TX 79936
: (915) 412-6677
EmailSend Email

Clinic Location 2

Address: 6440 Gateway East, Building B
El Paso, TX 79905
Phone: (915) 850-0900
EmailSend Email

Clinic Location 3

Address: 1700 N Zaragoza Rd # 117
El Paso, TX 79936
Phone: (915) 850-0900
EmailSend Email

Push As Rx Crossfit & Rehab

Address: 6440 Gateway East, Building B
El Paso, TX 79905
: (915) 412-6677
EmailSend Email

Push 24/7

Address: 1700 E Cliff Dr
El Paso, TX 79902
: (915) 412-6677
EmailSend Email

🔴 Rated Top El Paso Doctor & Specialist by ✔️ RateMD* | Years 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019

Call (915) 850-0900 Today!

EVENTS REGISTRATION: Live Events & Webinars* ❗️

(Come Join Us & Register Today)

Additional Online Links & Resources (Available 24/7)

  1. Online Appointments or Consultations:  https://bit.ly/Book-Online-Appointment
  2. Online Physical Injury / Accident Intake Form: https://bit.ly/Fill-Out-Your-Online-History
  3. Online Functional Medicine Assessment: https://bit.ly/functionmed


The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 Read More…

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG* 

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico