Groin pain is one of the most common problems amongst the sporting population. It is a complex area and needs a thorough assessment and may take three to six months to rehabilitate. Typically groin pain affects players in a change of direction sport where the groin is placed under high load due to turning and ‘cutting’ actions.
Other structures throughout the body can cause pain in the groin area, most commonly the hip and lumbar spine. These areas should be screened by your physiotherapist when treating a painful groin. Unfortunately if groin pathology is left untreated or a decision is made to play through the pain the groin issue will normally become worse and in extreme cases lead to surgery.
The most commonly affected structure affected in the groin are the adductors, these muscles run through the inside of your leg and are used in a stabilisation role for the pelvis. These muscles commonly become overloaded due to the stress that is placed on them. They are often weak if they have not completed a specific strengthening program.
Common factors that lead to groin pain are
- Weak adductors;
- ‘Overload syndrome’ – completing too much exercise, or increasing your exercise load too quickly;
- Weak ‘core’ muscles; and
- Previously injured hip or lower back.
Active rehabilitation is the best way to recover from groin pathology. A physiotherapist will be able to tailor a specific exercise regime that will include stretching and strengthening of the ‘core’ musculature to ensure that a return to sport is able.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to consult your Life Ready Physiotherapist.
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