A groin strain is a tear or rupture to any one of the muscles that draw the leg inwards. The primary adductor muscles are the pectineus, adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus and gracilis. It is usually the adductor longus that is injured during sporting activity.
A rupture or tear in the muscle can be caused by sideway kicking a ball, sprinting, changing direction or in rapid movements of the leg against resistance. Lack of warm-up prior to sporting activity is also a big contributor for the symptom development. Repetitive overuse of the groin muscles may result in adductor tendinopathy.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
• Pain and discomfort in the groin
• Tight groin muscles
• Distinct tenderness at one particular
point on the pubic bone
• Pain when running or on changing direction suddenly
• Pain on squeezing legs together against resistance
• Running may be difficut, while cycling should be o.k.
• X-ray may show calcification around the pubic bone
• Our distinctive hands-on manual therapy
• R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
• Use crutches if needed
• Gentle stretchching exercises as long as this is comfortable to do so
• Cycling or swmming if these activities are pain-free
• Rest from painful activities is crucial