Groin Pain & Injury
Article by John Miller
What Causes Groin Pain?
Groin pain is a common sporting injury in high speed running, change of direction or jumping and landing sports. The musculature is complicated with highly stressed anchor points and the involvement of pelvis joints plus your lumbosacral spine. These injuries can cause a tendinopathy such as adductor tendinopathy.
The joints most likely involved in groin pain include your pubic symphysis, sacroiliac joints, hip joints and your low lumbar spine. One example of excessive stress occurring through your pubic symphysis is osteitis pubis. Femoroacetabular impingement is a bone impact condition that requires careful management to avoid surgery. Hip arthritis or a hip labral tear can also cause deep groin pain. Stress fracture can also occur affecting either your pelvis or femur.
Muscle control is a vital component of the rehabilitation and prevention of groin pain. Your deep abdominal core muscles, deep hip rotators, gluteals, adductors and lower back muscles all work together to control your lower limb on you pelvis and pelvis on your spine. Any muscle imbalance or inco-ordination can lead to groin pain. The most common groin muscle injury is an adductor muscle strain commonly referred to as a groin strain. Hip flexor strains are also common especially in kicking and running sports.
Other passive tissue such as your inguinal wall can be overstressed and result in conditions such as an inguinal hernia or sportsman's hernia.
For more specific advice about groin pain, it's cause and how you can rehabilitate it please consult your physiotherapist with a special interest in groin injuries.
Common Sources of Groin Pain
Groin pain is a common sporting injury in high
speed running, change of direction or jumping and landing sports. However, it can also be associated with hip conditions in very young children,
adolescents, adults and the elderly.
A recent literature review discovered 33 different diagnostic terms for common sources of groin pain in athletes. No wonder groin pain is all too
commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated!
- Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
- Hip Arthritis
- Hip Labral Tear
- Perthes Disease
- Slipped Femoral Capital Epiphysis
- Stress Fracture
- Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
- Inguinal hernia
- Sportsman's hernia
- Hip flexor strain
As you can see, these are just a few of the common groin injury sources, so an accurate diagnosis is very important to provide you with the best rehabilitation.
If you are suffering groin pain, we highly recommend that you seek the professional help of a practitioner who is experienced in the assessment and management of groin pain. It can be very tricky! You wouldn't want to undergo a hip replacement early in life due to mismanagement of your groin pain.
Groin Pain Assessment
Your physiotherapist is an expert at the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic and biomechanical related injuries affecting your groin.
For a thorough assessment and the quickest relief from your groin pain, please contact your physiotherapist.
Groin Pain Treatment
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most groin pain responds extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.
Please ask you physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.
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