The adductor tendons all originate from around the lower pelvic bone and this is where the injury develops, rather than in the body of the muscles themselves. Similar to other tendinopathy type injuries, an adductor tendinopathy is a degenerative breakdown of the tendons over time, due to over loading of the area either through overuse or the result of underlying biomechanical issues thus causing excess stress on the area.
In an adductor tendinopathy, pain can either gradually build up over time, or can initially appear as a more acute, sharper pain. Stiffness may be felt in the groin area and there may be some discomfort felt to contract the muscles, felt deep up into the groin – where the tendons attach. These tendons will often be tender to touch as well.