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Groin (Adductor) Injuries

Groin (Adductor) Injuries

Description Of The Injury: Groin strain of the adductor muscle(s) involves the straining of the muscles that attach the pelvis bone to the thigh bone of the leg-the adductor longus being the muscle common. The common cause of straining the groin adductor is muscle overextension. Repetitive overuse of the same motions with the adductor muscle can also cause strain.

Injury Symptoms: A less serious strain will result in discomfort in the inner thigh that may not be noticeable until movement stops. Serious strain may come with acute pain in the groin area and swelling. Extreme strain may include inability to squeeze one’s legs together, along with lumps or gaps in the muscles.

Additional Information

Home Treatments:

Immediate application of ice, pressure, and elevation is recommended. Crutches should be used if needed, and stretches on the muscle should be done if possible. Anti-infammitory drugs can be used to reduce swelling.

Professional Medical Treatments:

Laser treatment may be needed. Taping the groin may also be used to take pressure off the area, and surgery will be needed if the muscle is completely torn.

Physical Therapy and Exercises:

Stretching and strengthening exercises will be needed to restore range of motion and flexibility. Stretches that flex the inner thighs are optimal for restoring mobility.

Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:

Avoid repetitive exercises that might strain the muscle, and be sure to warm up and cool down before and after exercising.