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Groin Strain Physiotherapy

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

  • runners
  • sprinters
  • football players
  • badminton players

- 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 dynamic changes in movement direction and
  • limited power to kick or move forward

how do i know if i have a groin strain?

  • Sharp pain on the inside of the thigh, while turning
  • Pain when turning or changing direction quickly
  • Pain when touching the groin muscles
  • Tightness and spasm of the groin muscles
  • In severe cases, bruising and swelling can occur over the injured area

How can our groin muscle get strained?

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:

  • Grade 1: Mild damage to individual muscle fibers (less than 5% of fibers) that causes minimal loss of strength and motion. These injuries generally take about 2-3 weeks to improve

  • Grade 2: More extensive damage with more muscle fibers involved. However, the muscle is not completely ruptured. These injuries present with significant loss of strength and motion. These injuries may require 2-3 months before a complete return to athletics.

  • Grade 3: Complete rupture of a muscle or tendon. These can present with a palpable defect in the muscle or tendon. However, swelling in the area may make this difficult to appreciate. In Grade 3 a corrective surgery is required to reattach the damaged muscle and tendon.

groin strain physiotherapy

With an acute/fresh groin strain injury, what needs to be done immediately is the application of RICE:

  • Rest (stop the activity entirely)
  • Ice / Cold Therapy
  • Compression (swelling and pain management)
  • Elevation (swelling and pain management)

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:

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