Dealing with a Sore Groin

A sore groin can be a particularly painful problem.  If you have injured your groin while riding your bicycle or running, it is important that you follow certain measures to reduce the severity of your problem.  In addition, you will find that a sore groin can take longer to heal than other kinds of injuries.

Preventing Groin Injuries

The best way to keep from getting a sore groin is to stretch well before physical activity.  Most groin injuries occur when individuals fail to stretch and warm themselves up properly beforehand.  So take the time before you exercise to do the proper warm-up stretches.  These should include leg stretches that loosen up the muscles of the upper legs especially in the area of the groin.

Just after your Injury

The minute you feel something pull in your groin, there are certain actions you can take to minimize the damage you might get.  The number one action is to stop the activity in which you are involved.  In many cases, people exacerbate groin injuries by not sitting down right when the injury happens.  So don’t continue biking, don’t just play the set out.  If you feel something pull in your groin, stop the activity right then.

The next step that can help you reduce the length of your groin injury is to ice the location of your groin pull.  Of course, no one finds icing the groin area a pleasurable experience, but research shows that applying ice within an hour after injury helps to reduce swelling and to limit recovery times.

Following the Injury

A sore groin can take up to a month to heal with most cases averaging about two and half weeks.  So you should prepare yourself for a prolonged period where you don’t feel quite 100%.  Ideally, you should take it easy on your groin for about a month after a moderate groin injury.  Even if you do not feel much soreness after about a week or two you, should still continue to take it easy.

As long as you continue to feel pain, you should continue to ice your groin at least once a day until symptoms subside.  The best way to ice a sore groin is to place ice in a plastic bag and hold it to spot where you feel the pain emanating.

To help fight the pain, you can also get pain relievers.  Consult your physician to see which would be best for you.

Another good recommendation when you have a sore groin is to avoid wearing boxers or other loose fitting pants.  Ideally, you want a tight fitting undergarment so that you can give your groin as much support as possible.  Doctors agree that this simple change in wardrobe can help reduce the incidence of re-injury.

When to See a Physician

Of course, to be safe you should always see a physician whenever you have any kind of injury whose severity you are not 100% sure about.  However, there are some key points where you should definitely go get your sore groin checked out.  The basic rule is this: if it starts to get worse, see a doctor; if it doesn’t get better, see a doctor.

Therefore, if after about a month you still have a sore groin, go get it checked out.  Similarly, if after about a week of taking it easy, you are still feeling the same level of soreness, it is about time to consider going to a doctor.

Even more importantly, you should see a doctor if anything suddenly changes for the worse.  If after a few days, your groin suddenly begins to swell, or the pain coming from your groin suddenly and inexplicably spikes, then you should get it checked out.  (Similarly, if the pain is unusually intense right from the beginning, then you should get it checked out.)

You should also watch for signs of infection.  If you start to get a fever within a day or two your injury, this is a sign of possible infection.  In addition, if the soreness or swelling starts to spread to different parts of your body, you start to limp because of your injury, or if you start to feel numbness, these all suggest that matters are developing in a negative direction.  See your doctor.


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