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Remedies for groin injury

Groin injury can happen from a direct blow, fall, stabbing injury and leg being turned in an abnormal way. The groin can be pulled or torn while performing exercises such as skating, running and kicking in soccer and basketball.

The groin muscle can be strained while pushing, lifting or pulling heavy objects and falling from a height. Groin injuries are usually due to recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, ice hockey, soccer, basketball as well as vehicular accidents, work-related activities or projects around the house. The pain from groin injury ranges from mild to severe and can happen to anyone at any age.

Groin injury

A snapping sound can be heard when moving the leg or hip.

Symptoms of groin injury

  • A snapping sound can be heard when moving the leg or hip
  • Swelling and bruising of the area
  • Severe pain when walking
  • Sensation of tightness or cramping
  • Sudden or sharp pain when the muscles are contracted or stretched

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest and protect the injured groin area for at least 1-2 weeks of rest. Take a break from any activitiy that can cause soreness and pain.
  • Apply an ice pack immediately for at least 10-20 minutes for several times throughout the day to lessen the swelling and pain. Another alternative use bag of frozen vegetables such as peas.
  • After 48-72 hours, if swelling has reduced, apply warmth to the area that causes pain.
  • While still in the healing period, wear underwear that provides support to the affected area. Females should wear comfortable workout underwear or shorts while males should wear comfortable jockey shorts.
  • Compress the affected area using a special brace for the groin. Avoid wrapping it too tight to prevent disruption with the circulation that can worsen the condition.
  • Elevate the affected area above the level of the hip to prevent swelling and promote proper flow of blood in the area. Rolled towels, pillows or blankets can be used in elevating the affected area.
  • Seek the help of the physical therapist for some rehabilitation exercises such as range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness and shortening of the tendons. Peforming light weight exercises such as cycling or swimming.
  • Take prescribed over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications such acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen to lessen the pain and inflammation.

Tips

  • When there is no more pain, resume activities gradually to prevent further injury.
  • Move slowly and avoid weights or friction.
  • Work with a trainer and know the proper warm-up and stretching exercises to avoid future injury.
  • Warm up and stretch properly to loosen the adductor muscles before physical activities.
  • Continue applying ice and heat on the area for several weeks when returning to activity. Apply ice to the area together with compression and rest after exercises.

More Information

The details posted on this page on a groin injury is for learning purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage muscle injuries, enroll in a first aid course with one of our training providers.

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