A Groin Strain is a common injury to the muscles of the inner thigh. As the groin muscles are suddenly or forcefully tensed or overworked, they become overstretched. More severe strains tear the muscle fibres. The groin muscles, called the adductor muscle group, consists of six muscles that span the distance from the inner pelvis to the inner part of the femur (thigh bone). These muscles pull the legs together, and also help with other movements of the hip joint.
- Groin pain and tenderness
- Muscles spasm or tightness of your groin muscles
- Pain on stretch of your groin muscles
- Groin pain with groin muscle contraction - thigh squeeze
Rest is vital during early treatment and activities that cause symptoms should be avoided. Ice should be applied in the first 48hours to stimulate blood flow and prevent inflammation.
The immediate treatment of a Groin muscle injury consists of the POLICE protocol – protect, optimal loading, ice, compression and elevation. It is important that this is done correctly and our highly skilled Physiotherapists can advise you on this.
Once ready, gentle resistance exercises and stretching are important as they help to align the scar tissue which forms during the healing process. Our medical team will develop a rehabilitation plan specific to your needs aimed at strengthening the adductor muscles when healed.