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Groin Pull

What Is a Groin Pull?

A groin pull (strain) is a tear or injury to muscles on the inside of the thigh. It occurs when you overexert or stress groin and thigh muscles. If you suddenly or forcefully tense these muscles, they can stretch and tear. The injury and pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating.

Groin pulls are common in athletes. It frequently occurs in vigorous sports that involve running, jumping or kicking. It can be caused by a sudden jump, a change in speed and direction, or kicking at an awkward angle.

A groin pull is more likely in soccer, football and hockey players. It can happen to dancers or anyone who is active.


Symptoms of a groin pull:

  • Pain and tenderness in your groin and inner thigh
  • Pain when raising your knee or putting your legs together
  • A snapping sensation followed by severe pain

Treatment Options

Groin pull treatment includes a doctor’s evaluation of the type and extent of injury. After a physical exam, you may have X-rays or other imaging tests. Treatment focuses on reducing pain and discomfort. The injury usually heals with rest, proper care and time.

Your doctor may advise these or other steps toward healing:

  • Pain medicationNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can reduce pain and swelling.
  • Ice applied to your inner thigh – This can reduce pain and swelling if applied for up to 30 minutes every few hours until pain stops – usually within two or three days.
  • Thigh compression – Wrapping your thigh using elastic bandages or tape can ease discomfort.
  • Exercises – After an appropriate rest period, certain stretching and strengthening exercises, guided by a physical therapist, can help.

In some instances, your doctor may advise surgery. It can relieve pain, but not everyone can return to a previous activity level after this procedure.

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If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of a groin pull, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

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