Article by John Miller
What Causes Groin Pain?
Groin pain is commonly caused by a groin strain, groin hernia or another groin injury.
What is a Groin Strain?
A groin strain is a muscular tear or rupture to any one of your groin muscles; usually one of the hip adductor muscle group. Your body has five adductor muscles: adductor brevis, longus, magnus, pectineus and gracilis. Any of these groin muscles can be strained but the most common is adductor longus. A groin strain usually occurs with high-speed activities such as kicking, change of direction or sprinting.
What are the Symptoms of Groin Strain?
How is Groin Strain Diagnosed?
It is important to accurately diagnoses the source of your groin pain. While groin pain most commonly is associated with a groin muscle injury, you can also experience groin pain from a hernia and other origins.A physical examination from your physiotherapist can usually identify the groin muscle that has been injured. If a hernia is suspected, you may be advised to be assessed by your doctor or a groin surgeon.
MRI and ultrasound investigations can be used to specifically identify the location and extent of a groin injury.
Depending on their severity, groin strains are graded 1, 2, or 3.
A partial rupture of the adductor muscles will often lead to inflammation of the groin or a tendinopathy after the initial rupture has healed.
More detailed information on the best rehabilitation for your groin strain is available from your physiotherapist.
Common Groin Pain Treatment
Helpful Products for Groin Muscle Strains
Related Groin Injuries
Hip Joint Pain
Lateral Hip Pain
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