Groin Strain Treatment
What is the treatment for a groin pull?
By Jonathan Cluett, M.D.
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Chronic Pain Treatment
Treatment of a groin pull is usually guided by the severity of the injury. Resting a groin pull is the key to successful treatment. As a general rule of thumb, if you have a groin pull, you can do activities that don’t aggravate your injury. You should rest until you are pain free to allow the injured muscle to heal. Resting inadequately may prolong your recovery. The following are the common treatments used for groin strains:
It is important to rest following the injury to allowed the injured muscle to properly heal. Allow pain to guide your level of activity; this means that activities which cause symptoms should be avoided.
Gentle stretching is helpful, but it should not be painful. Stretching excessively can be harmful and slow the healing process.
- Adductor stretches
- Ice the Injury
Apply ice to the injured area in the acute phase (first 48 hours after injury), and then after activities. Ice will help calm the inflammatory response and stimulate blood flow to the area.
- Heat Applications
Before activities, gentle heating can help loosen the muscle. Apply a heat pack to the groin prior to stretching or exercising. As a general rule of thumb, remember to heat before, and ice after.
- Know when to ice and when to heat an injury