Groin is the area between the abdomen and the upper thigh which is prone to injury caused by pull and muscle strain. Groin injury is caused by stress or muscle pull caused during sporting or other rigorous physical activities.
Groin injury causes pain and stiffness in the groin and inside the thigh area. Raising the knee or bringing the legs together can cause pain during such an injury.
Groin pain can be divided into three stages depending on the extent of severity. The first involves a mild pain, but little loss of strength in moving; the second is a moderate pain, which causes mild to moderate loss of strength and some tissue damage; and the final stage is the one that includes severe pain caused by a complete muscle tear.
Diagnoses of groin injury include X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging tests.
Treatment Of Groin Injury:
Though a groin injury heals on its own; if one takes sufficient rest and follows the steps mentioned below, it can help soothe the pain:
1. Ice compression on the inner thigh to reduce pain and swelling. Doing it for 20-30 minutes every few hours for two to three days will reduce the pain.
2. Using elastic bandage or tape
3. Going for anti-inflammatory painkillers, but not over the long term (as they can have side effects), can also help.
4. Taking help from a medical advisor in doing stretching and strengthening exercises.
5. Finally, going for a surgery as the last resort.
Preventing Groin Injury:
• Always engage in a warm-up before starting a physical activity. Do light jogging to raise the body temperature, so that you don't strain your muscles by starting exercising all of a sudden.
• Increase the intensity of your physical activity gradually.
• Focus on the footwear that you use. It should support you properly.
• Do regular exercises of the thigh muscles, especially if you've had a groin pull earlier. Keeping the thigh muscles in a proper condition is key.
• Increase your overall stamina to avoid groin pulls. Seek help of a professional.
Recovering From Groin Injury:
Recovering from a groin pull depends on how serious the injury is. The time may vary from four to six weeks or even more. Avoid serious physical exercises that put pressure on the groin while you are in the recovery stage. For example, if you've had a groin injury while running, do swimming instead.
Don't overstretch yourself in times of a groin injury. If you do not give the injured side of your leg a careful look and try to match the flexibility of the uninjured one, the problem might get aggravated, delaying the healing process further. And a serious re-injury can even lead to disability.