Groin strain injuries refers to an injury to the muscles located in the deep muscle of the inner thigh, and are fairly common injuries that our senior physios treat regularly in our physio clinics.
Our groin muscles are medically termed as adductor muscles, and it is comprised of six muscles that groups/works together and they span from the inner pelvis to the inner thigh bone.
They function to pull/bring your knees together, and also help with hip joint movements. Because of their functions and movement, our adductor muscles are very very important to athletes including
- all active, sports-people and athlete actually (including regular non-sporty individuals too).
A strain in the groin will cause direct pain and weakness in the groin area, which affects the patient's ability for
Any muscle strains happens when it's stretched beyond its limits, leading to micro-tears or even full-blown ruptures. The same applies to our groin muscles, which are muscles - when dynamically stretched beyond its limits, it gets injured by micro-tears or if it's severe, it can be up to full rupture.
Micro-tears of our groin muscle fibers are termed as groin strain, and there is 3 grades of severity:
With an acute/fresh groin strain injury, what needs to be done immediately is the application of RICE:
The RICE method is very important and needs to be done properly and correctly to reduce the amount of bleed and subsequent secondary tissue damage within the groin muscle. Thereafter to refer to a doctor, which can be a general practitioner (GP) but we recommend either:
We will be more than happy to refer you to a doctor that we have been working with, just contact us for this.
Once the acute stage has stabilized, then we can start more active physiotherapy rehabilitation, and physiotherapy may comprise of: