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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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Obturator (Definition)

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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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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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Can the obturator nerve cause groin pain?

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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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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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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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