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Pulled Groin Ligament

| June 9, 2012

Groin pain originates from a pulled groin ligament, this means the tearing of the muscles and ligaments in the groin area. The groin region is made up of ligaments, tendons, adductor muscles and fascia surrounding the inguinal ligament, which connects to the pubic bone. When there is too much tension in the ligaments, it can lead to a pulled groin ligament.

Symptoms of Pulled Groin Ligament

An overuse of the adductor muscles leads to varying degree of tears in the ligaments, a sudden rapid movement can also lead to this. Another cause of pulled groin ligament is strenuous exercises, these exercises put pressure on the tendons, muscles and ligaments, so when there is insufficient warm-up exercises it makes the body unprepared, which could lead to a pulled groin muscle. Pulled groin ligament gives rise to groin pain symptoms.

The symptoms vary depending on the degree of pull and severity of the condition. There are three degrees of groin strain, for someone suffering from a first degree strain, it’s basically a mild strain and the symptoms includes slight discomfort, a feeling of pain when performing physical activities like running, a feeling of tenderness on the affected area.

If it’s a second degree strain, it’s means the strain is moderate and the symptoms includes a feeling of discomfort, signs of swelling and bruising, pain when trying to do any physical activity, groin pain, a feeling of pain when stretching your legs for long.

If it’s a third degree strain, then this is very serious because it means there is an extreme strain on the ligament and the symptoms includes extreme discomfort, pain when pulling both legs together, bruising all over the inner thighs, swelling or inflammation, unable to indulge in physical activity even very simple ones, small lumps around turn muscles, excruciating groin pain.

Treatment of Pulled Groin Ligament

The treatment depend on the degree of the strain, if it’s a first or second degree the best method is R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice therapy, Compression, Elevation).

  • Resting will help relax the muscles and relieve pressure, it also helps you to avoid aggravating your condition from performing physical activity and it speeds up the recovery process.
  • Ice therapy helps to restrict blood flow in the affected area, which will help reduce swelling.
  • Compression shorts are very effective for pulled ligaments.
  • Always keep the affected area slightly elevated, this helps the healing process.

For third degree strain, it’s advisable to visit your doctor because surgery might be require in some cases.

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Category: Groin Pain

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