How to treat a groin pull or strain

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The groin is a muscle which connects the lower pelvis to the thigh bone. A pull or strain is an over extension or tear in this muscle. Since the groin's main function is to pull the leg backwards and forwards a strain makes it very difficult to walk and perform other high-impact activities. Tears and pulls usually occur due to strenuous activity, overstretching, or a sudden change in direction when running or jumping. Treating a groin pull or strain can be tedious and painful.

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  • Ice
  • Ace bandage
  • Crutches

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    Determine how severe the groin strain is. Groin injuries are graded 1, 2, and 3 in regards to severity. Grade 1 is minor, 2 is moderate, and 3 is severe. Check for intensity of pain, tightening of the groin muscle, bruising and or swelling, lumps, and the inability to contract the muscles inward. If you suspect a grade 3 injury, see a doctor.

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    Rest the groin by keeping off your feet and using crutches if you need to move around.

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    Ice the area using a cold pack wrapped in a towel, doing so for 20-minute intervals several times throughout the day.

  4. 4

    Compress the area of the injury by wrapping it in an Ace bandage, holding the muscles in place.

  5. 5

    Elevate the leg by placing a pillow under the thigh. This prevents swelling and bruising in the groin area.

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    Stretch the groin lightly over time. Do not stretch the groin during the first 48 hours of recovery as this may aggravate the injury. If you have a grade 1 injury you can attempt light stretching of the groin with the assistance of a training partner. If you suspect a grade 2 or 3 injury, check with your physician whether you need a physical therapist for rehabilitation.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an ice massage on the injury by freezing water in a small paper cup. Tear the top of the cup away from the ice and rub the protruding area into the groin.
  • If the pain is severe, take anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen or Advil, to reduce pain and swelling.

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