Groin Strain

Groin Strain

Article by J.Miller, Z.Russell

Groin Strain

Insights from Physiotherapists

When you come to us with groin pain, it’s often due to a groin strain—a condition we commonly address in our practice. As physiotherapists, we’re committed to providing clarity and care for this ailment.

What Constitutes a Groin Strain?

A groin strain arises from an overstretched or torn muscle in the groin area, typically affecting one of the hip adductor muscle groups. The five adductor muscles include the adductor brevis, longus, magnus, pectineus, and gracilis, with the adductor longus being the frequent culprit. Such injuries are prevalent in activities demanding speed, agility, and force, such as kicking or sprinting.

Symptoms That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

  • Groin pain that’s sharp and localised
  • Muscle tightness or spasm within the groin
  • Pain upon stretching the groin muscles
  • Discomfort during activities that contract the groin muscles, like squeezing the thighs together
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Groin Strain

Our Approach to Diagnosis

Properly diagnosing the cause of groin pain is crucial. While the pain is often related to a muscle strain, hernias, and other conditions can present similarly. We conduct detailed physical examinations to determine the source of the pain. Should a hernia be a concern, we’ll recommend a consultation with a surgeon specialising in groin issues. Tools such as MRI and ultrasound can further aid in pinpointing the injury’s specifics.

Grading the Severity: A Physiotherapist’s Perspective

  • Grade 1 Strain: Mild with minimal disruption to daily activities
  • Grade 2 Strain: Moderate, possibly impacting sports performance and ambulation
  • Grade 3 Strain: Severe, affecting running, jumping, and hopping, potentially requiring surgical intervention

Even after initial recovery, issues like inflammation or tendinopathy can persist, necessitating ongoing management.

Advances in Groin Strain Management

In line with the latest research, we advocate for a proactive rehabilitation approach. This encompasses early movement, targeted strength training, and exercises that resonate with your level of activity and sport.

Crafting Your Path to Recovery

Our treatment philosophy revolves around a personalised plan, initiated with an accurate assessment. With our collective experience in managing both traumatic and biomechanical groin injuries, we craft a recovery program tailored just for you, aiming to alleviate symptoms and tackle the underlying cause.

With early intervention, most groin strains respond well to physiotherapy interventions such as:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Customised strengthening and stability exercises
  • Preventative and educational strategies

A Unified Call to Action

Groin strains are intricate, and without professional intervention, they can lead to extended discomfort or more serious injury. It’s crucial to consult with sports physiotherapists like us—professionals experienced in diagnosing and managing groin pain.

For anyone suffering from a groin strain, our advice is unified: don’t wait. Reach out to us for a thorough assessment and a tailored, research-backed treatment plan. Together, we’ll work towards overcoming the pain and returning you to your active life quickly and effectively.

In wrapping up, it’s important to understand the complexities surrounding a groin strain. With our combined expertise, we’re confident in guiding you through a successful recovery. Remember, a groin strain is a challenge we can face together. Take the proactive step—book a consultation with us today and stride towards recovery.

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Introduction to Hip & Groin Pain

Hip and groin pain affects a wide array of individuals, from athletes to the elderly. Understanding the common causes and treatments of this pain is vital for maintaining overall well-being and mobility.

Common Causes of Hip Pain

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Hip &Amp; Groin Pain Causes &Amp; Treatment

Lateral Hip Pain and Its Causes

Groin Pain: Different Types and Causes

Other Muscle-Related Pain

Systemic Diseases Affecting the Hip

Referred Pain Sources

  • Sciatica: Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and down the legs.
  • Lower Back Pain: Can refer pain to the hip area.
  • Pinched Nerve: Nerve compression in the spine or hip area.

Hip Surgery: A Solution for Severe Cases

What's New in Hip & Groin Pain Research?

Recent studies suggest the importance of tailored exercise programs in managing hip and groin pain. Physiotherapy techniques focusing on strengthening and stabilising the deep hip rotators and core muscles have shown significant improvements in pain management and mobility.

What to Do? Seeking Professional Advice

If you're experiencing hip or groin pain, it's crucial to consult with a physiotherapist or doctor.

They can assess your condition, provide a personalised treatment plan, and guide you through exercises tailored to your specific needs.


Hip and groin pain can significantly impact your quality of life. However, with the right knowledge and professional guidance, managing and overcoming this pain is achievable.

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