10 Year History of Pelvic, Groin, and Low Back Pain

I m a 40 year old female and have had chronic left sided groin, low back, hip, and pelvic pain for about the past 10 years.

I have tried many different treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic work, stretching. I have recently had MRIs of the hip and low back which were negative.

When I initially had the injury, I was playing soccer (as I did my whole life) and running regularly when I began to have pain. I initially had numbness along the front of my thigh, which decreased over about a two year period.

My symptoms mostly calmed down for several years, but in the past year have flared up again when I was training for a triathlon. I am currently getting ART treatment, which has included some psoas release work, but I'm not sure that it is helping.

It has been difficult to describe the pain to others, as it is a deep ache through the left lower abdomen, pain in the left groin area, and tightness and pain thought the left side above my hip and lower back.

I am tired of this pain, and hope that I can eventually find some relief. I love to be active, and now feel that I can really only swim without making it worse. Running and biking seem to tighten it up.

Also, the left hip frequently pops when I first start riding my bike or when moving from sitting to standing.

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Dec 21, 2013
Femoral Acetabular Impingement
by: Kerin

I dealt with abdominal groin and lower back pain for a couple of years and found an ART (Active Release Technique) guy who was great, but I continued to have pain and running definitely made it worse. He suggested I look into a possible sports hernia which eventually led me to a surgeon who identified FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement). FAI and sports hernia often go hand-in-hand. I ended up having hip arthroscopy to fix an impingement and a laberal tear and feel much better but still have psoas/abdominal disfunction. There are surgeons who will work together with hip and abdomen. Check out Dr William Myers in Philadelphia. Vincera Core Institute - he seems to be he expert in these two issues. The only problem is, he does not take insurance, so it is an expensive fix. You will find great information there anyway. Hope this is helpful.

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