A groin strain involves damage to any of the adductor thigh muscles. An acute case is generally brought about by abrupt motions such as kicking, jumping or twisting to change directions while running.
The injury is not generally serious, but a severe strain takes a longer time to fully recover.
What are the indications?
The signs of a groin strain vary from minor to severe which is based on the seriousness of the injury such as:
- Groin pain that is typically felt in the interior thigh but can arise anywhere from the hip to the knee
- Diminished strength in the upper leg
- Difficulty running or walking without discomfort
- Snapping sound at the time of injury
Management of groin strain
Right after an injury, the objective of treatment is to lessen the pain and swelling. During the initial few days of treatment, the treatment includes:
- Adequate rest
- Application of ice
- Compression and elevation
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Depending on the seriousness of the injury, further treatment is needed to hasten the healing. It includes massage, physical therapy, stretching, heat and even electrotherapy to ease the pain.
Physical therapy is highly beneficial in helping the individual recover and strengthen areas of the leg and hip. For a grade 3 strain, surgery is required to fix the ripped fibers particularly where the tendon is affected.
The ideal way to avoid a groin strain is to refrain from utilizing the adductor muscle without correct training. For those who engage in a sport that increases the risk for the injury, it is vital to stretch regularly and strengthen the adductor muscles.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a groin strain is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage the injury by taking a standard first aid course with Mississauga First Aid.