Acute Groin Strain

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Acute Groin Strain

 

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

A number of muscles are at work local to the groin area.  The usual suspect tho with a groin strain is that of the ‘adductor’ set of muscles.  These are the muscles that help bring one leg towards the other and work very hard when you are standing on one leg.  They are found on the inside of your thigh.

 

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

A common injury in sports usually arising from kicking or a sudden change in direction.  The pain can be felt anywhere along the inside of the thigh but a common area is in the groin and radiating down from there.

 

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

–  pain in the groin and inside thigh

– difficulty walking and running

– there may be swelling and bruising

– varying difficulty in carrying on with the activity at hand

 

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

– clinical examination excluding other causes of pain.

– assessment of both the muscles ability to stretch and contract with or without pain.

– in severe and persistent cases, and ultrasound scan may be needed to accurately highlight the area of pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

– pain reduction is key (Rest and Ice are useful here)

– progressive strengthening (no sooner than  approx 48 hours after initial injury) with stretching too.  It should be noted that stretching has not been shown to help by itself and should be part of a cocktail of treatment.

 

If rehabilitation is cut short or is not adequate, it can lead to recurrent strains and a the development of a chronic condition.  This can be way more debilitating than a simple strain.  It is important that you listen to your physiotherapist and stick to the rehab program.  Often pain will go before you are ready to leave rehab.

 

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

Rotator cuff strengthening

Pec stretch

etc

 

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X MEDIC     X PODIATRY     

 

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