What is the Conjoint Tendon?
The conjoint tendon, is found in the lower abdominal or the inguinal region. It is a layer of connective tissue that joins your deep core abdominal muscle, the transversus abdominus to the pelvis
Causes of Injury
It’s role is to protect the abdominal soft tissues and the organs. This particular area has lines of pull from multiple different directions and if an athlete has an imbalance in their muscle pull then it can cause damage and injury to the conjoint tendon.
Signs and Symptoms
- Abdominal and inguinal pain can be caused by many local and referred causes but it may be the conjoint tendon
- Sore muscles and joints above and below the conjoint tendon
- Acute symptoms can be caused with a sneeze and a laugh
- Pain when straining and men can experience testicular swelling and pain
Rest and treatment from your PhysioPro is the first step. We will diagnose the cause of the problem and discuss which muscles are over active, which muscles are underactive and which parts of your sporting technique could be contributing to the problem. Occasionally further escalation may be required and surgical intervention may be an option.