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Pulled Groin Muscle in Women

| June 11, 2012

Pulled groin muscle in women is similar to that of men, it is a strain or pull of the muscles of the inner thighs or the groin muscles. These groin muscles is made up of five adductor muscles namely adductor brevis, adductor magnus, adductor longus, pectineus and gracilis. An injury or over exertion on any of these muscles can cause a groin pull. Women who suffer from this are usually athletes and sportswomen due to the exertion and stretching required by their career. It normally occurs when there is an insufficient warm-up exercises, which makes the body unprepared for the strenous activity to follow.

Symptoms of Pulled Groin Muscles in Women

Pulled groin muscles are divided into three according to the severity of the condition and the symptoms depends on the level or degree of pull.

Grade 1

This is a mild groin strain, it causes mild discomfort and slight pain when trying to do physical activities like running or climbing stairs, but it does not limit your activities. A feeling of tightness may also be felt in the affected area. The recovery time is up to 2 weeks.

Grade 2

This is a partial groin strain, it causes moderate discomfort and pain is felt when doing physical activites like walking or running and it can limit your activities. There is swelling and bruising on the inner thighs, pain is felt in the groin area, lower back and during contraction of thigh muscles. The recovery time is up to 6 weeks.

Grade 3

This is a total strain of the groin muscles, it causes extreme discomfort and pain when trying to do any physical activity, there is swelling and bruising on the entire inner thighs, pain when stretching your legs or contracting the thigh muscles, small lumps on the torn muscles, an intense pain on the groin region and lower back. Recovery period is up to 3 months.

Treatment of Pulled Groin Muscles in Women

The best treatment for grade 1 and 2 are as follows.

  • Rest the muscles to relieve pressure and heal strained muscles.
  • Apply ice parks on the affected parts to restrict blood flow to the torned muscles and in order to bring down the inflammation.
  • Wear compression shorts, this is good for the muscles.
  • Always try to slightly elevate the affected area.
  • Take prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs to bring down the inflammation.
  • Indulge in stretching exercises to make the muscles stronger and flexible.

Visit your doctor when it’s a grade 3 strain.

 

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Category: Groin Pain

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