The groin strain is one of the most common injuries in football. The term describes a strain of the adductor muscles that are located on the inside of the thigh. The injury usually occurs when the muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle tissue tears. A tear in a muscle is referred to as a strain and, depending on its severity, is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.
Injury to the muscles or tendons in the area of the groin where the abdomen meets the thigh. Muscles, tendons and bones comprise units. These units stabilize the pelvis and allow its motion. A strain occurs at a unit's weakest part. Strains are of 3 types:
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Signs & Symptoms
What other problems can cause similar symptoms?
A pulled groin is usually a very clear diagnosis--most athletes know what the injury is before they seek medical attention. However, there are other conditions that can mimic the symptoms of a groin strain.
One condition that was previously not well recognized is called a sports hernia . Sports hernias have been found in patients who were diagnosed with chronic groin strains. The sports hernia is a condition similar to a regular inguinal hernia , and is due to a weakening of the muscles that form the abdominal wall. The symptoms of a sports hernia are often nearly identical to those of a groin strain.
TreatmentRICE: Rest the finger until Day 5 when you should start gentle motion exercises, apply Ice to finger (not directly onto skin) for 20 minutes up to 3 times a day for 2 days, Compression - Wrap an elastic compression bandage around the finger to limit swelling, Elevate the involved hand above the level of the heart as much as possible for the first few days or until there is decreased swelling (will help drain fluid and reduce swelling). Follow your doctor's instructions. Instructions are supplemental.
Eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.
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