What is a groin strain?
We know that having a groin strain is incredibly frustrating. It is an injury to the adductor muscles and tendons, which are along the inside of your thigh.
Groin strains are common in sports that require a sudden change in movement or direction, kicking, twisting.
However a groin strain can also occur during a day-to-day activity if the groin muscles are stressed.
Symptoms of a groin strain:
- Localised sharp pain with tenderness in the inner thigh and groin
- Bruising and swelling may be present but not always
- Pain with bringing the legs together
- Pain with bringing your knees up and walking up the stairs
3 Tips for managing your groin strain:
Tip #1: Ice the groin soon after the injury
Within 48 hours of a groin strain, Ice!
Wrap an ice pack in a tea towel and place it on the painful area for about 10 minutes and repeat this every few hours for the first two days after the injury.
Tip #2: Keep moving to help the groin muscle
Move Move Move…but gently
Gently move your hips as often as you can and as pain allows.
Here is a simple stretch routine that may help. If you are in acute pain, only stretch to about 70% stretch and use gentle movement to the muscle – don’t force it 🙂
Tip #3: See an osteopath 🙂
Seek help! Since there are 3 degrees to a strain, it is important to get a professional diagnosis if your pain persists. A diagnosis is necessary to determine how serious the injury may be and a medical professional can rule out other serious causes of groin pain.
It will also help you understand why your problem occurred and help prevent it from happening again.
Give us a call on 01245 522360 or book online for appointment with one of our osteopaths who can help with assessing, diagnosing, treating and advising you.