Groin Inflammation

Groin inflammation while unpleasant is a sign that your body was not prepared for the workload required of it.

Groin inflammation is normally caused by an injury to the inner thigh. The muscles are located in a grouping of six that span the thigh to the pelvis. They actually pull the thighs together and help with movement of the hip joint. This muscle group is very important to runners and other athletes.

A groin pull is a muscle strain in the groin muscle group. A strain occurs when a muscle is stretched too far. Strains can be less severe by simply pulling the muscle slightly past its normal stretching point.

Your more severe strains are caused by your muscle fibers having a complete tear of the muscle. Usually, the most common of groin injuries are small tears in a few of the muscle fibers, however, the majority of muscle fiber tissue stays intact.

There are three grades of groin pulls:

Grade 1: The grade 1 groin pull or strain brings with it a mild discomfort. In the majority of cases there is no disability associated with it and your activities will most likely mot be affected.

Grade 2: The grade 2 groin strain is a moderate discomfort. This type of strain can hinder your ability to perform a wide range of activities like jumping and running. You may find your groin to have moderate bruising and swelling being associated with the injury.

Grade 3: The grade 3 groin pull is a very severe injury which causes pain while walking. Most people with this injury will have muscle spasms, swelling and very significant bruising.

If you have a very severe groin pull with inflammation then you may consider seeing a Doctor. A severe groin pull that is painful and will not heal may require evasive surgery to repair by going inside your thigh to attach the severed muscles.

Groin pulls can be prevented and treated by following several helpful tips:


Know Your Sport. Knowing your sport allows you to know how your legs work. It’s important when you are going to stretch to avoid groin pulls. Know your workouts and focus on those muscles. Always warm up before you begin to stretch. Always begin your regiment slowly to give your muscles time to warm up. Hold the stretch for a count of ten but never rush your routine. Always repeat the stretching until you feel your muscles being relaxed.

When you are stretching don’t bounce. Try to be stiff as possible. Seek professional aid to get the best possible stretching in.

Ice It

If you feel something pull quickly get an ice pack. Always elevate your leg and massage the area with the ice pack for about 15-20 minutes. Let the area warm up for 45 minutes after each ice massage.

Physical Therapy

With more severe injuries you will find the help of a trained professional to be invaluable and should be considered with any injury that is debilitating. Make sure when you have groin inflammation that you get your needed rest. Without it our body will not heal and repair well.


Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your Doctor. The information is for educational purposes. All health conditions should be treated by a health practitioner. This site is not meant to dispense medical advice, and does not assume responsibility for those who choose to treat themselves. 

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