Cold packs and cold therapy gels reduce inflammation and pain on recent onset sartorius muscle aches, while heat and compression relieve chronic pain, according to The Wellness Digest's Donna Martin, LMT. Rolling massagers can also be used to relieve tension in the muscle.
The sartorius muscle runs from the lower spine and around the hip along the thigh to the tibia. This muscle is the longest muscle in the body and is responsible for knee and hip flexion, as well as hip abduction, explains Sportsinjuryclinic.net. Functionally, the muscle is responsible for people sitting in a cross-legged position.
Stinging pain at the outside of the hip and down the thigh is an indication of sartorial muscle injury, according to Martin. Sartorial muscle injuries are common for basketball and football players who have to make sudden sharp turns, and injuries can also occur after long periods of sitting in a cross-legged position. Immediately following the injury, apply an icy gel or cold pack to the area to reduce inflammation. Support muscle recovery by wearing compression sleeves, or garments, during activity and to prevent consequent injuries to the muscle. Chronic pain is relieved using heat therapy, which reduces muscle stiffness.