Hip and groin pain can be debilitating for athletes and non-athletes, young and old, and men and women. Several injuries are common to the hip and groin and often cause pain.
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Injuries frequently seen in the hip and groin include hernias, muscle strains, contusions, fractures, dislocations, stress fractures, and labral tears.
After injury it is best to consult with a physician, who will perform orthopaedic tests and possibly order diagnostic imaging, such as an x-ray or MRI.
Rest, ice, compress, and elevate the area following injury. This helps reduce swelling and pain. Rehabilitation should follow to strengthen and provide additional support.
Continuing with normal activity on an injury may cause further, more serious damage. Be sure to consult a physician in the case of any acute injury, or if pain persists after gradual onset.
Before being physically active, do a proper warm up. Also, improve overall strength and flexibility. When starting a new exercises program, start gradually, and always use proper form when lifting weights or performing other exercises. Wear proper protective equipment if playing sports.
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