You wake up one day and feel a stinging pain in inner thigh. What could the reason be?
The pain in your thigh causes discomfort while doing mundane routine tasks like walking, or taking stairs, etc. we often associate pain with injury or trauma, but this kind can be triggered without one.

Inner thigh pain

The pain felt in the inner thigh can be categorized into two, dull or sharp pain. Muscles in this area are situated close to the groin. It has five muscles that work together, collectively known as adductor brevis. It is possible to get confused where the pain originates from, whether inner thigh or adductor muscles.
However, you can differentiate between the two by looking out for more signs

  • limited motion
  • inflammation
  • stiff muscles
  • clicks during motion
  • swelling


It is one of the most common bone deformities that causes muscle ache in the inner thigh. In such a condition, the joints’ lubricant wears off due to age leading to inflammation and pain.
Femoroacetabular impingement
A person suffering from this disease has extra bone growth in the hip joint. They rub together, causing friction. Over time this friction gets worse, resulting in thigh pain, stiffness, or limp.

DVT, short for deep vein thrombosis, is when the blood clots in one or more deep veins in the body. Mostly this clot is found in the veins of the legs. Few symptoms that come along with this condition

  • warmth in that area
  • pain
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  • blue discoloration

DVT can advance into pulmonary embolism if not treated. An embolus is a blood clot that detaches from the parent and moves around the body; it can settle and block a pathway. When it settles in the lungs, it is named pulmonary embolism.
Hernias are the appearance of an internal body organ protruding out from the muscles or cavities it usually stays in. They are mostly seen in the abdominal region. Still, it can appear between the groin and upper thigh. Hernias in such areas result in pain in inner thigh.
Some pain in the inner thigh is considered normal during pregnancy because of obvious changes happening in the body.
Women also suffer from a condition called symphysis pubis dysfunction.It shoots pain up and down from front to back in the thighs. This happens when the ligaments normally contracted to keep the pelvic bones together, go in relax mode. This leads to pain and inflammation.
The pain goes away eventually after the birth of the baby.

Muscle tear
Groin muscle strain or tear typically causes pain in inner thigh. It happens to people who do not warm up the muscles and get into vigorous exercise or any other activity. The pull and stretch results in strain on the muscles.

Kidney Stones
Kidney stones can be painful to some and may present no symptom in others. They develop when the urine becomes supersaturated. The kidney stone’s passage through the urinary tract causes immense pain felt in the back and inner thigh.


  • physiotherapy
  • placing heat or ice packs in the affected area
  • resting after an injury for muscle repair is very important
  • over-the-counter painkillers
  • band-aid or compression wrap
  • support belt
  • use of support equipment like crutches or crane
  • hot bath

If your pain in inner thigh becomes unbearable, please reach out to us at the Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Centre for immediate help or call 281 252 8600 for an appointment.

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