A groin strain is a muscle injury (muscle strain ) in the inner thigh. The muscles of the groin, called the adductor group, are made up of six muscles that span the distance from the inner pelvis to the inner thigh (femur).
These muscles bring the legs together and aid in other hip movements. The adductors are important to many athletes, including sprinters, swimmers, soccer players, and soccer players.
When a muscle is tight, it is overstretched. Lighter loads take muscles out of their normal range of motion. Stronger stresses tear muscle fibers and can even cause the muscle to break completely. Most of the time, groin pulls are small breaks in some muscle fibers, but most of the muscle tissue remains intact.
Symptoms of a stretched groin
Acute groin traction can be quite painful depending on the severity of the injury. Groin traction is generally classified as follows:
- Grade I groin sprain : mild discomfort, often without disability. Generally, the activity is not limited.
- Grade II groin sprain – Moderate discomfort that can limit the ability to perform activities such as running and jumping. Moderate swelling and bruising may occur.
- Grade III Groin Sprain – A serious injury that can cause pain when walking. Patients often complain of significant muscle spasms , swelling, and bruising.
Strong groin cravings.
If you have symptoms of severe groin cravings, you should have tests to determine the appropriate treatment.
Signs of a severe groin deformity include:
- Dificulty to walk
- Pain when sitting or resting.
- Pain at night
A strong groin stretch should be evaluated because in the very rare cases of a complete muscle tear, surgery may be required to reattach the torn ends of the muscle. This is rarely required, even in patients with grade III groin deformity injuries, as these patients can usually successfully undergo nonsurgical treatment.
Groin traction is commonly seen in athletes involved in sports such as hockey and soccer. The injury appears to be related to factors such as hip strength, preseason fitness, and a previous injury.
Because of this, proper physical fitness is paramount to prevent groin injuries. Athletes, especially hockey and soccer players, should include exercises to strengthen the adductor muscles, stabilize the pelvis and core muscles in their workouts to avoid injury.
An elongated groin is usually a clear diagnosis. Most athletes know what type of injury it is before seeking medical attention. However, other conditions can mimic the symptoms of a groin strain. A previously poorly understood condition is called a sports hernia .
Sports hernias have been found in patients with chronic groin strain. A sports hernia is similar to a normal inguinal hernia and occurs when the muscles that make up the abdominal wall weaken. The symptoms of a sports hernia are usually almost identical to those of a groin strain .
Other conditions that can mimic the symptoms of a groin strain include pubic osteitis (inflammation of the pubic bone), problems with the hip joint (including early arthritis, broken lips, and other conditions), and lower back problems ( pinched nerves ). .
Once tension is diagnosed, groin traction treatment can begin. Most of the time, treatment can be accomplished by following a few simple steps. These include rest, stretching, and certain oral medications. More invasive treatment is rarely required.
Groin injuries can be frustrating for both athletes and weekend riders. The desire to return to full activity is often at odds with the length of recovery. How long it takes to recover from a groin strain will depend on both the severity of the injury and the healing of the injured person.
Proper treatment can help ensure healing as quickly as possible. However, it is important to give your body the time it needs to complete the healing process. Without this, the athlete could re-injure himself and start the healing process from scratch.
The help of a physical therapist or sports coach to guide you on the road to recovery can be very helpful.
Stretch stretch marks to avoid injury.
Athletes suffering from a groin strain will want to include a stretching program as part of their rehabilitation. Some simple stretching exercises can help relieve symptoms of a groin strain. Additionally, stretching can be a helpful part of preventing groin injuries.
In general, stretch marks shouldn't be harmful. The muscle should be stretched slightly, but without pain.
The first stretch is a squat adductor stretch:
- Sit on the floor with one foot in front of your body.
- Let the opposite leg stretch behind you.
- Spread your legs, gently pushing your front knee down.
Other strain of the adductor muscle
The adductor stretch is performed while standing:
- Extend one leg to the side, keeping the other leg under your torso.
- Bend the knee under the torso to stretch the inner thigh muscles of the opposite leg.
- Your extended leg should have a straight knee and you should feel a stretch in your inner thigh.
The butterfly stretch is performed in a sitting position:
- Sit with your feet together and bend your knees.
- Wrap your hands around your feet.
- Pull your knees to the ground.
- Do not jump. Feel the inner thigh stretch.
Cross leg stretch
The cross-legged stretch is performed in a seated position:
- Sitting, cross one leg over the other.
- Bring the knee crossed to the body to open the thigh.
This stretch will accentuate the muscles on the inner thighs and the front of the thighs.
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If you are not sure if you have groin cravings or if symptoms persist, you should see your doctor. As described above, other conditions can be mistaken for a groin strain and should be considered if symptoms persist.