- One of the most common causes of pain in the groin is a muscle strain. A strain (also known as a pull) occurs when a muscle is overstretched and either partially or completely torn. When this occurs in the groin, it typically involves a group of muscles called your adductors which are located on the inside of your thigh.
- 1 Why does it hurt when I stretch my groin?
- 2 Should I stretch my groin if it hurts?
- 3 When should I worry about groin pain?
- 4 Can stretching too much cause groin pain?
- 5 How long does a groin strain last?
- 6 What does a groin strain feel like?
- 7 How do you know if you’ve torn your groin?
- 8 How do I know if I have a pulled groin or a hernia?
- 9 What is an athletic hernia?
- 10 What type of doctor do you see for groin pain?
- 11 Does a hip MRI show the groin?
- 12 What is Pubitis?
- 13 Is it OK to walk with a groin strain?
- 14 What is adductor strain?
Why does it hurt when I stretch my groin?
Groin strains make walking, lifting the knee, or moving the leg away from or toward the body difficult and painful. Groin strains can occur from overuse of the muscles, or from a sudden contraction of the muscles. Injury occurs when the muscles are either too forcefully contracted or too forcefully overstretched.
Should I stretch my groin if it hurts?
You can begin stretching your groin muscles right away. Stretch gently and avoid any pain. If you have pain while doing these exercises, you should not do them.
When should I worry about groin pain?
Most cases of groin pain do not require medical attention. However, you should see a doctor if you experience severe, prolonged pain accompanied by fever or swelling. These symptoms may indicate a more serious condition. Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and ask about any recent physical activity.
Can stretching too much cause groin pain?
A groin strain is one of the most common reasons for groin pain, especially among athletes. You can stretch or tear one of the muscles in your groin when you overdo training or sports play. It is most likely to happen when you’re running, changing direction, or moving your hip in unusual ways.
How long does a groin strain last?
With rest and proper treatment, most groin strains heal on their own in about 4–8 weeks. More severe groin strains can take longer.
What does a groin strain feel like?
Ice the inside of your thigh to reduce pain and swelling. Experts recommend doing it for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone. Compress your thigh using an elastic bandage or tape. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.
How do you know if you’ve torn your groin?
Groin strain symptoms
- bruising or swelling of the inner thigh.
- pain when a person raises their knee.
- pain when a person closes or opens their legs.
- the groin or inner thigh may feel warmer than usual.
- muscles feel weak or tight.
- limping or difficulty moving the leg.
How do I know if I have a pulled groin or a hernia?
Feelings of dull aching and pain in the groin area are common for both a muscle strain and a hernia. A key indicator that you may have a hernia, however, is if you have a small bulge or lump on one side of the groin. This is the result of an area of tissue or organ pushing through the groin or abdominal muscle.
What is an athletic hernia?
Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia) A sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. It most often occurs during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements. Although a sports hernia may lead to a traditional, abdominal hernia, it is a different injury.
What type of doctor do you see for groin pain?
Call your primary care provider when you have persistent groin pain. Some insurance companies may require a referral from your primary doctor for a specialist, such as a sports medicine doctor, orthopedist or urologist. Your doctor can also prescribe physical therapy.
Does a hip MRI show the groin?
MRI is sensitive in diagnosing pathology in groin pain, with injuries to the adductor tendon attachment to the pubic tubercle most commonly identified. Not only can MRI be used to image rectus abdominis/adductor longus aponeurosis and pubic bone pathology, it can also identify hip or inguinal canal abnormalities.
What is Pubitis?
Osteitis pubis is a painful condition that causes inflammation around the center of the pelvis. It usually occurs as a sports injury due to overuse of the hip and leg muscles. It’s particularly common in athletes who play sports like soccer or hockey that involve changing direction, kicking, or pivoting.
Is it OK to walk with a groin strain?
There may be swelling or bruising in the groin area or inner thigh. If you have a bad strain, you may walk with a limp while it heals. Rest and other home care can help the muscle heal. Healing can take up to 3 weeks or more.
What is adductor strain?
An adductor muscle strain is an acute injury to the groin muscles on the medial aspect (inside) of the thigh. Although several different muscles can be injured, the most common are the Adductor Longus, Medius, and Magnus, and the Gracilis.