However, you should definitely worry about groin pain and get is assessed by a medical professional immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms –
- Severe prolonged pain
- Groin pain associated with back, abdomen or chest pain
- Intermittent intense pain along the lower side of your abdomen that may radiate along your groin and into the testicles (males)
- Males – sudden, severe testicular pain and testicle pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever, chills or blood in the urine
- Fever, swelling (around the groin), vomiting, rapid breathing, weakness, dizziness or fainting that accompanies the pain
- Numbness or tingling around the groin
- Altered urinary function/patterns
How Do You Relieve Groin Pain?
Firstly, getting assessed by a medical professional greatly helps in the process of relieving groin pain. It allows for the injury to be properly assessed, the cause of the pain determined and resultantly, the correct treatment provided. The wrong treatment can sometimes lead to the condition getting worse!
That being said, here are some tips & tricks that could help relieve your groin pain –
- Following the RICER principles (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral) after an acute injury such as a groin pull or strain
- Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can help reduce the pain and swelling
- Stretches – depending on the type and severity of injury
- Gentle physical therapy – soft tissue massage, range of movement exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Surgical interventions for severe conditions such as hernias
Where Is Groin Pain Located?
Groin pain is usually located in the region where the upper thigh meets the abdomen, and often refers to the inside region of the upper thigh.
Symptoms are usually localised around these areas, however, pain may also be experienced in the lower abdominal region and the front of the hips. Pain may manifest on one or both sides of the groin.
Is Walking Good For A Groin Strain?
Walking activity is usually fine to participate in, as long as –
- One is not suffering from an acute episode of groin pain that causes high levels of pain upon weight bearing
- High levels of pain are accompanied with significantly altered walking patterns
Even in serious cases walking may be deferred or simply modified until one’s pain and inflammation have eased. This is achieved by modifying factors related to walking such as step length, speed and duration of walking, or the use of a walking aid to provide support and pain relief.
Conservative treatment, usually involving a combination of manual therapy, advice and education on strengthening appropriate muscles should be sought, as a means of quickly getting back to pain free functional weight bearing activity.