Groin Injuries: Who Gets Them And Why They Hurt So Bad?

hip-adductors-154x300A very common yet still pertinent problem in sports and daily activities are the presence of hip adductor strains or more commonly known as groin strains.  It is a disruption or tear to any one of the 5 hip adductor muscles that aid in bringing the leg in towards the body. These muscles include the pectineus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, gracilis and the adductor longus which is the most commonly strained of the group.  These muscle strains are not limited to sports such as hockey, track and soccer, but also jobs that utilize squatting, kneeling, or crawling can cause strains to the hip and thigh. A pulled groin can range from mild to completely debilitating.

Groin injury pain pattern. MendMeShop ®  ©2012

Once other diagnoses such as a hernia or fracture are ruled out, a groin pull or adductor strain is commonly treated initially with active rest, anti-inflammatories and ice, followed by physical therapy to address muscular limitations and return to activity. PT’s will work on passive and active motion of the legs and hips to help promote healing as well as eccentric strengthening activities to encourage return to sport/work training.  It is recommended that before doing activities or sports that involve lower body running, squatting and jumping, to perform an active warm up to ensure good tissue extensibility.  Consult your primary care physician or contact Intecore Physical Therapy for any questions or concerns you may have.

Kristin Timbers, PT, DPT


Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
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