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You may have had a minor groin problem at
one time or another. Most of the time our body movements do not cause
problems. It's not surprising that symptoms may develop from everyday wear and
tear, overuse, or an injury.
groin areas are located on each side of the body in the folds where the belly
joins the legs. The pubic area lies between the two groin areas.
Groin injuries most commonly occur during:
Groin problems and injuries can cause pain and concern. Most
minor problems or injuries will heal on their own. Home treatment is usually
all that is needed to relieve symptoms and heal.
acute injury may occur from a direct blow, a stabbing
injury, a fall, or from the leg being turned in an abnormal position.
Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed
on an area. This often happens when you overdo an activity or repeat the same
activity day after day. Overuse can lead to muscle strains or tears or may
cause swelling, such as
Groin pain not caused
by an injury to the groin may be coming from other parts of the body. This is
called radiating, or referred, pain.
tendons in the leg may cause symptoms in the groin. It
is important to look for
other causes of groin pain when you have not had an
inguinal hernia is a bulge of soft tissue through a
weak spot in the abdominal wall in the groin area.See a picture of an
inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia may need surgical treatment. A
sports hernia may affect the same area of the groin in
Rashes in the groin area have
many causes, such as
yeast. Most rashes can be treated at home.
When a child develops
groin pain, the pain may be caused by a problem with the upper part of the
thighbone (head of the femur) or the hip. Common causes of groin pain, knee
pain (referred pain from the hip), or limping include:
Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.
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Home treatment measures can help
relieve pain, swelling, and bruising and promote healing after a groin injury.
These home treatment measures also may be helpful for noninjury problems.
But if you think you may have a more severe injury, use first aid measures
while you arrange to be checked by your doctor.
Talk to your child’s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
It may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer for a minor groin injury
Stretching and strengthening exercises will help you
gradually return to your normal activities.
Home treatment measures
may also be helpful for:
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
The following tips may help you prevent a
groin injury or other problems in the groin area.
Steps to prevent a
groin injury or strain may include the following:
take measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a sexually
transmitted infection (STI). You can also reduce the risk of transmitting an STI to your sex partner. Know
high-risk behaviors and the
symptoms of STIs, and do not have sex with anyone who
has these symptoms.
Condom use may reduce the
risk of becoming infected with an STI. Condoms must be put on before beginning
any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner.
Try the following things to prevent
jock itch (fungal infection of the skin in the groin) or
yeast infection (cutaneous candidiasis):
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
If you have a rash, do not
have sexual contact or activity until you are seen by your doctor. This will
reduce the risk of transmitting a possible infection to your sex partner. If
you do have an STI, your sex partner or partners may need to be evaluated and
March 1, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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