Groin pain is pain in the region where your abdomen joins to your legs via your pelvis. The groin region contains many anatomical structures that could be causing your pain including:
Groin pain can also be caused by structures away from the groin, and this is called ‘referred pain.’ Structures that may refer pain to the groin include:
Groin pain can have a sudden onset, or build up gradually over time:
Sudden onset groin pain can be caused by a sudden change of direction, and you may feel a ‘pull’ in your groin region. It is often initially a sharp pain that decreases to a dull ache.
Gradual onset groin pain will often begin as a dull ache in your groin region, usually when you are doing exercise or playing sport. It will often go away once you stop doing the activity. Over time, the pain will become more constant and will disrupt your everyday activities.
Groin pain is common in people who play AFL, soccer, rugby or ice hockey. It is also quite common in runners.
Groin pain can arise from a specific incident, or over time due to a number of biomechanical factors and compensations including:
It is important to address both sudden onset and gradual onset groin pain as early as possible to address any deficits or compensations you may have so that you can make a pain-free return to both your everyday activities and sporting pursuits as soon as possible.
Your All Care Physiotherapist will complete a thorough examination and assessment of all factors contributing to your groin pain including:
Your All Care Physiotherapist will then provide you with a treatment plan to address these issues. This will not only relieve your pain and allow you to return to the things you enjoy, but also prevent further groin pain in the future.
All Care Physiotherapy management of groin pain includes:
It is very important to follow the plan of rehabilitation for your groin pain to ensure that further injury does not occur, and any identified deficits are corrected for a safe return to sport. Return to sport can take up to 4.5 months depending on the severity of your groin pain when you first commence Physiotherapy, which is why it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible.
The good news is that Physiotherapy and exercise can help improve your groin pain. Here are a couple to start.
Hold for 30s and repeat 10 times.
Work up to 5 sets of 10 repetitions with 15s in between each set.
To get on top of your Groin pain, call All Care Physiotherapy today on 1300 291 133 and get back to the activities you enjoy!
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