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!