Groin Strain in Happy Valley
A groin strain is an umbrella term for any muscular injury ranging from a mild pull to a full tear in the inner thigh region. These injuries are more common in individuals who participate in sports with sudden lateral movement components involving running, jumping, cutting, and kicking. Other possible mechanisms include slipping, tripping, or falling.
If you’ve experienced a groin pull you may have noticed difficulty with any of the previously mentioned mechanisms or other daily activities. You may notice bruising or swelling in addition to stiffness, pulling, weakness, and pain.
Diagnosing a Groin Strain
The main differential for diagnosis is the ability to determine if the symptoms experienced are from a minor strain or if a rupture is suspected. Some examples of differentiating questions and tests your provider will likely ask include:
- What makes your symptoms better or worse?
- Did you feel or hear a “pop” during the injury?
- Was there any noticeable bruising in the first 24-48 hours?
- Is there a palpable or observable indentation or bulge along the inner thigh?
Example Groin Strain Treatment Strategies
Some quick tips that you can get started with immediately include:
- Temporarily reduce physical exertion in affected leg by limiting activities to reduce strain.
- Wrap a cold pack in a dry cloth towel and apply to affected leg for 15-20 minutes.
- Gentle massage to tender groin musculature.
These injuries can snowball into nagging annoying situations if not managed properly with symptoms that spill over into your daily life activities. Your physical therapist will work with you in developing a plan of care tailored to your goals. An example plan of care outline would include the following:
- Identifying symptom relief strategies
- Temporary compensation strategies to reduce inflammation
- Temporary activity modifications to avoid ongoing strain to muscles & tendons
- Prescriptive Resistance Training
- Increase strength of groin with an eccentric emphasis
- Targeted Stretching Activities
- Increase mobility of affected structures to reduce strain
- Training and identification of contributory factors including weightlifting, recreation activities, and sport technique for long term prevention.
Goals for therapy are a crucial component of any treatment plan of care. They set the “why”. Why you’re seeking treatment. Many times, we learn to ignore pain or just “deal with it” until it begins to interfere with something. Whatever your groin strain is preventing you from participating in at your desired level is our #1 goal to achieve.
Groin Strain Prevention Tips –
- Changes in exercise and activity levels should be gradual and progressive to allow your body time to make positive adaptations without risk of injury.
- Utilize a dynamic warm-up strategy prior to engagement in physical activities.
- Wear appropriate fitting footwear designed for your participation activity with the proper amount of traction to avoid unexpected slips or falls.
- Always perform sound body mechanics, especially when lifting heavy objects.
If a groin strain has been interfering with your life, call us today to get started on a plan of care that works for you. Ascent Physical Therapy is conveniently located off Sunnyside Road in Happy Valley. We also love treating our neighboring communities of Damascus, Gresham, Clackamas, and Sandy at our top rated physical therapy clinic!