Groin inflammation

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Groin inflammation occurs once the adductor muscles are inflamed from overuse or injury. The main purpose of the adductor muscles is to draw the legs as one. The muscles are also utilized in sprinting, hurdling, horse riding or playing football.

It is important to note that there are 5 adductor or groin muscles which are categorized into short and long adductors. The short adductors include the adductor brevis, pectineus and adductor longus that start from the pelvis and sets into the thigh bone. As for the longer adductors, it includes the gracilis as well as adductor magnus which originates from the pelvis and insert into the inner knee.

What are the indications?

Groin inflammation
Pain or discomfort in the groin at the upper part of the adductor muscles that radiates down the leg.
  • Pain or discomfort in the groin at the upper part of the adductor muscles that radiates down the leg
  • Pain is produced if the leg is drawn inwards
  • Pain is produced if the thigh is raised
  • Discomfort or pain at a specific spot on the bone in the groin region
  • Inability or difficulty in changing directions or sprinting


Initial care

  • The individual should take a break or rest from any activity
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area
  • The fitness level can be maintained by engaging in alternative activities such as cycling if free from pain

Medical care

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen is usually prescribed by the doctor
  • Laser treatment or ultrasound
  • A rehabilitation program that is specific to the case of the individual is started to prevent future injuries
  • Sports massage to promote faster healing of the injury

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