What Causes Inner Thigh Pain?

Injury is the most common cause of inner thigh pain.

Injured soccer player on the field

Inner thigh pain may be caused by a number of reasons. This can include kidney stones, hernia, and muscle strains. Some home remedies may be able to address inner thigh pain. Depending on the severity of the underlying cause, other medical procedures may be required to treat pain in the inner thigh.

Inner Thigh Pain

Inner thigh pain, as the name suggests, is a sharp, dull pain felt in the inner thigh area.

This pain mostly occcurs in the adductors or the inner thigh muscle, which is a group of muscles near the groin. This area includes the portion between the thigh and the stomach. As such, there is a possibility that the pain experienced in the thigh and the groin area may be misidentified due to the proximity of the area.

Aside from pain, injury or issue in the area may be accompanied by grinding or clicking sensation while in motion. Other symptoms include inflammation, limitation on the range of motion, and stiffness of the muscles. Other symptoms may also present themselves depending on the actual cause of the thigh pain.

What are the Causes of Inner Thigh Pain?

As stated earlier, a number of causes may lead to inner thigh pain. Listed below are some of the said possible causes of this medical condition:

Injuries to the Muscles

The adductors or the inner thighs muscles may be torn or strained by certain physical activities or patterns of movements. These range of movements or activities may include turning too quickly or running too quickly. The torn or strained muscles can then cause extreme levels of pain for the patient. The pain’s severity and intensity will vary depending on muscle damage and strain. This pain caused by muscle injury can also have present other related symptoms such as bruising and swelling in the affected portion of the body.

Condition of the Bones

Certain bone conditions can lead to pain in the inner thigh muscles of patients. An example of such a condition is osteoarthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is caused by damages to the cartilage which results in the inflammation and swelling of the joints. It may also have other symptoms aside from inflammation and swelling such as stiffness and pain in the affected joints which may radiate out to the inner thigh muscles and cracking or grating sound during locomotion.

  • Femoroacetabular impingement

Another condition of the bone that may result in inner thigh pain is known as femoroacetabular impingement. This condition occurs when the hip joint of the patient develops an extra bone that can cause the said bones to rub against each other resulting in friction. If left untreated, this condition can lead to a limp, stiffness, aching in the thigh muscles, and ultimately a damaged joint.

  • Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma,  a form of bone cancer that is rare, is another bone condition that can cause pain in the inner thigh. It is a type of cancer that grows in bones that are still developing, especially for people ages 10 to 25 years of age. This growth will usually affect the thigh bone or the femur and can lead to tenderness and swelling in the affected portion of the limb.


The condition known as hernia happens when certain internal parts of the body penetrate the muscle and tissues surrounding them. The most common type of hernia is known as inguinal hernia which occurs due to the intestine penetrate the lower abdomen resulting in the development of a fleshy bulge. This can result in inner thigh pain and can have other or no symptoms associated with it.

Kidney Stones

These kidney stones are solid crystals that build up and accumulate in the kidneys over time. They can pass through the individual’s urinary tract, with larger stones causing significant amounts of pain for the patient. With these kidney stones, it is possible to feel sharp pains in the inner thigh.

Other possible symptoms of kidney stones may include the presence of blood in the urine, extreme abdominal pain, pain during urination, nausea, restlessness, and pain in the lower back or groin area.


Pregnancy can lead to pubis dysfunction, a type of medical condition that can render the bones of the pelvis unstable. This usually happens in the second trimester of pregnancy when the ligaments surrounding the pelvic bones suddenly relax. It can limit the movement of the affected patient and result in grinding and clicking noise when moving and it can also result in severe pelvic pain which can radiate out to other portions of the patient’s body.


Women who are menstruating may also experience pain in the area due to a number of cramps that may occur during the menstrual period. This can include uterus cramps and other cramps, pains or aches in other parts of the body situated close to the uterus such as the thighs, pelvis and the back. Patients who are menstruating are advised to seek medical attention if there is severe pain in the lower abdomen and nearby areas as there can be a more serious underlying condition causing the said pain.

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