Groin injuries are incredibly frustrating because they can hinder mobility, are very easy to reinjure, and take a long time to heal. Proper treatment is important so that swelling, inflammation, and the development of scar tissue are limited. Keep reading to learn how to treat and do stretches for a pulled groin muscle.
Firstly; is it really a groin strain?
An inner thigh strain is common among athletes and those who use sometimes sporadic twisting movements in their exercises, but in all reality, even a stepping motion or holding one position for too long can result in this kind of injury.
Symptoms are pain along the inside of the upper thigh, especially in the area where your inner thigh meets your pelvic bone. It may hurt to walk, or you may feel it when you squeeze your legs together or pull them apart. It’s a good idea to see your doctor before you start any kind of home treatment to rule out the injury being a hernia.
Groin Strain Treatment
Rest is essential.
The general rule of thumb with resting a strain should be this; if it hurts; don’t do it. If you are able to walk without feeling your injury- without any pain at all, you should be able to continue walking. But if an activity brings any pain or discomfort at all, stop doing it immediately, and add that action to the list of things to avoid until you are healed. Try and give yourself as much of a break as possible after an injury.
Ice the strain, especially within the first 72 hours.
Ice a pulled muscle every 3 hours, for 15 minutes at a time. Alternating ice and heat every 15 minutes can also help with the pain, but if time doesn’t allow for such intensive treatment, at least strive to ice it every few hours.
Take an anti-inflammatory.
In the first few days, an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and inflammation of the injured groin muscle. Take the anti-inflammatory according to medicine or doctor instruction.
Once the pain is under control, incorporate stretches.
Try this routine: Inner Thigh Stretches to Prevent/Heal Strains to help heal faster and prevent it from happening again. Do the inner thigh stretches in the routine very gently; you should not feel any pain.
Build strength back up in your muscle.
Once you feel that your groin injury is entirely healed, it’s time to start building strength back up in that area. Use the inside thigh stretches to regain strength.