Groin Strain? Here’s What You Need to Know

The adductor muscles make up the inner thigh. When you hear people talk about the “groin,” this is the area they are referring to. These muscles allow you to move your legs inward toward each other, as well as help support the hip joint. 

A groin strain, or groin pull, is a pulling or tearing of these adductor muscles. It is often caused by tensing or tightening these muscles too quickly or with a large amount of force.  

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And it’s a common injury, especially among athletes that perform a lot of running and jumping or those athletes that forcefully pull the legs together in movement, such as in hockey, sprinting sports, swimming, football, and soccer. Kicking, twisting, or changing direction quickly may also cause this type of injury to happen.  

Most of the time groin strains aren’t serious injuries. A mild strain may only take a few weeks to bounce back from. However, a more serious strain may take 6 weeks or longer to recover from. 

Symptoms of a Groin Strain 

The main symptoms of a groin strain involve pain and tenderness along the upper and inner thigh. This pain may intensify when moving the legs together or lifting up your knee.  

An individual may further experience a reduction in strength in the upper leg, swelling, or bruising. It may also be difficult to walk or run on the injured leg. Occasionally, one may notice a snapping sound or sensation at the time of injury.  

Treatment for a Groin Strain 

As aforementioned, often a groin injury will heal fairly quickly with rest, ice, compression, and anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. However, if the pain is severe or you experience difficulty walking, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor or a sports medicine specialist. It may also help to ensure that it is in fact a groin strain causing the problem.  

If the muscle has torn, rest and time will not adequately heal the area. As a result, you may end up with long-term pain and persistent issues. Err on the side of caution and get any unusual pain checked out. 

If you continue to suffer from pain after more than 6 months, surgery may be required. Yet, as with most injuries, it is considered a last resort and is used when no other options have proved useful. Surgery also requires a more lengthy recovery time. You should also make sure you are fully healed before you return to your sport, whether you have surgery or not. 

Physical therapy and massage therapy may also be recommended to promote healing and to prevent future or recurring injuries. Physical therapy can offer manual therapy techniques and exercises to help with your body’s natural healing mechanisms, as well as to strengthen the area for future injury prevention. Massage helps promote blood flow and ease tense muscles, contributing to an overall good and full recovery. 

At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our massage therapists are available and committed to helping you make a full recovery and get back to your sport of choice. They can help guide your recovery, offering options for stretches and providing advice on gradually increasing your activity level. Book your next appointment online today! 

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