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What's the obturator; part of your hip?

What's the obturator; part of your hip?

Pelvis: The obturator foramen is the round space between the ischium and pubis bones in the pelvis; it is mostly covered by a membrane called the obturator membrane; the obturator nerve/artery/vein exit the pelvis via the obturator groove+canal; 2 muscles: obturator internus + externus originate along the bones, a few other structures in the area are named "obturator ___" to signify their location. ...Read more

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Can the obturator nerve cause rgroin pain?

Can the obturator nerve cause rgroin pain?

Yes: Patients with obturator nerve injury have possible numbness and pain radiating to their inner thigh and groin. Adduction thigh weakness can occur (ability to move the thighs together), which causes gait and posture instability. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as an obturator membrane?

Is there such a thing as an obturator membrane?

Yes: The obturator membrane is the strong fibrous membrane that spans across the obturator foramen. It is perforated superiorly by the obturator canal, which transmits the obturator vessels and nerves into the medial compartment of the thigh. It also provides attachment surface for the internal and external obturator muscles. ...Read more

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What is an obturator node?

What is an obturator node?

Lymph Node: Nodes of the internal iliac group located along the obturator artery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to do an emg of the obturator externus?

Of course...: But why? What are we looking for? A good electrodiagnostician will happily put a needle in there. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do for a tear in my obturator?

Rest: What it really would need if it is torn is rest and time to let it heal, avoiding activities that could potentially aggravate it. Exercises in and of themselves would not be helpful. ...Read more

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Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Variable: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. This is because the nerve regenerates only about one inch per month. Alternatively, if the extent of damage is uncertain after the original surgery, physical therapy is prescribed for three months. ...Read more

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Can the obturator nerve cause groin pain?

Yes: Patients with obturator nerve injury have possible numbness and pain radiating to their inner thigh. Adduction thigh weakness can occur (ability to move the thighs together), which causes gait and posture instability. ...Read more

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What would cause contracture of the obturator externus?

What would cause contracture of the obturator externus?

Many things!: Many things can cause this: weak hip abductors, tight adductor muscles, limb length discrepancy, tight hamstring muscles, pronation of the foot when walking, running on canted surfaces, running down hill quickly. You might want to see a physical therapist to learn stretches to improve this, then work on strengthening! ...Read more

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Can the obturator nerve cause right groin pain somehow?

Can the obturator nerve cause right groin pain somehow?

Yes: Impingement of the nerve by an abnormal muscle or scar tissue or a stretch of the nerve can produce a burning type pain in the groin or on the front of the thigh. Not an easy diagnosis to make, though. ...Read more

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Obturator nerve damage, how long is the recovery process?

Obturator nerve damage, how long is the recovery process?

Up to a Year: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. ...Read more

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Can a problem with the obturator nerve cause right groin pain?

Yes: Obturator is a hip stabilizing muscle. It helps rotate the leg outward. The sciatic nerve can be involved with obturator problems. Stretching may help, but seek professional help before you get permanant nerve damage. ...Read more

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Where are all the places the obturator nerve gives sensation? Can it cause pelvic pain?

Where are all the places the obturator nerve gives sensation? Can it cause pelvic pain?

Not pelvic pain: The obturator nerve serves the yellow area in the picture, Compression/injury symptoms include "medial [inner] thigh or groin pain, weakness with leg adduction [pushing legs together], and sensory loss in the medial thigh". see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2682412/ Aside from masses or scarring, can even get symptoms just from exercise according to the article above. ...Read more

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What to do for obturator nerve injury?

What to do for obturator nerve injury?

Not common: This is not a common injury. Knowing the cause would help. Most nerve injuries will heal with time. This nerve provides both muscular control and sensation. If there is no weakness of the muscles that close your legs then that is a good sign. Pain should improve with time and meds to control neuropathic pain. This pain may ultimately turn to numbness in the same area. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do for a tear in my obturator muscle where it connects to the pubis?

What exercises can I do for a tear in my obturator muscle where it connects to the pubis?

Hip exercises: You want to make sure the tear has improved before proceeding with muscle strengthening exercises. Hip abduction and hip adduction as well as hip flexion and hip extension exercises keep the muscles strengthened around the hips. Also do not neglect stretching as well. ...Read more

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I have EMG-confirmed obturator entrapment. Surgeon wants to try cortisone injection first. Will this actually solve problem if truly entrapped?

I have EMG-confirmed obturator entrapment. Surgeon wants to try cortisone injection first. Will this actually solve problem if truly entrapped?

Conservative first: Conservative approaches are routinely attempted prior to surgical intervenion. If the cortisone injection or massage or stretching/PT resolves your symptoms, then you've received the same benefit of surgery with lower risk. For athletes, surgical intervention might be attempted earlier on. Discuss further with a neurologist. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1234809-overview#aw2aab6b3 ...Read more

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What does evidence of air within soft tissues of pelvis extending round the right lateral pelvic wall and out through both obturator foramina mean ??

What does evidence of air within soft tissues of pelvis extending round the right lateral pelvic wall and out through both obturator foramina  mean ??

Could be serious.: Soft tissue air is a very unusual symptom. It must be evaluated thoroughly by a physician. It can be due to a rupture of a part of GIT or infection. DO NOT WAIT GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. ...Read more

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Is there a way to remove surgical mesh from the obturator muscle in the hip and if so what type of dr would do this?

Is there a way to remove surgical mesh from the obturator muscle in the hip and if so what type of dr would do this?

A Urogynecologist: Experienced with mesh problems may be able to help. You may want to look for one at univ of alabama or cleveland clinic. ...Read more

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