Groin strain

Background information
Pains in the groin are often due to a strain of the adductor muscles.

These are large and powerful muscles, which pull the thigh inwards (for example when you cross your legs).

The pain is usually at the point where the muscle tendon attaches itself to the pelvic bone in the front of the groin. This problem is most common in sprinters, footballers, hurdlers and horse riders. Heavily muscled individuals tend to have tight adductors and hamstrings.

Pain on walking and running and tenderness of the adductor muscle, most commonly where the muscle starts high in the groin.

Treatment Rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy.

Prevention is important. Always warm up and warm down and do stretching exercises before training or competing.

If your problem does not respond to these measures or you have any doubt about the diagnosis see a physiotherapist or your doctor.

Further information

This article published on
28 November 2005

Next review date 11/1/2013


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