Ask The Physiotherapy Partners is our monthly feature where you can send us your physiotherapy questions and we talk through how physiotherapy may help you recover from your injury and what the process would typically involve.
Our question this month was:
Q: I regularly play football, and think I am suffering from a groin strain. Is there anything I can do to stop the pain?
A: Groin pain is a common injury that is frequently caused by high speed running, change of direction or jumping and landing sports. The pain may have deviated from a groin strain, which is the result of putting too much stress on muscles in your groin and thigh, and a muscular tear or rupture occurring. This type of injury is well-known in sports such as football, rugby and hockey.
Symptoms of groin strain include pain and tenderness in your groin and the inside of your thigh, pain when you bring your legs together, tightness of your groin muscles or pain when you raise your knee. Symptoms and severity may vary depending on the individual.
It is important to contact professional help if you feel you are suffering from a groin strain. Our talented physiotherapists can accurately diagnose the source of your groin pain and work to develop a hands-on rehabilitation program to help you recover.
Groin strains can be graded depending on their severity. Grade 1 strains are a mild injury and the least severe injury. Grade 2 strains are a moderate injury and the strain may affect your performance whilst playing sports and your ability to walk. Grade 3 are the most severe cases and will affect your ability to either run, jump or hop. If you are suffering from a Grade 3 groin strain, you may require surgery.
Your recovery will be based on your needs and your dedicated physiotherapist will work closely with you to help you recover fully. The recovery will typically involve reducing your groin pain, strengthen the area and repairing the muscle tear by working on a number of exercises, before getting you back into your regular sporting activities.
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