Thigh or Groin pain is commonly the result of a strain or pull. Groin strain is caused by the adductor muscles in the inner thigh being over-stretched or pulled. Thigh pain can be either in the front (Quadraceps) or the back (Hamstrings) of the thigh.
Symptoms of thigh and groin strain
Groin strain usually results in localised pain but may also cause swelling and tenderness around the affected area.
Treating groin pain
Mild strains usually heal quickly if the area is rested. More serious strains can take a while to recover and may require more intensive therapy, which may include massage or physiotherapy. People suffering from a thigh/groin strain should refrain from taking part in demanding exercise for a period of time in order to allow the muscles time to heal.
Thigh/Groin pain in sport
Groin strain is common in sport, especially football, where players often stretch to reach the ball. More serious strains can put players out for up to 6 weeks, while milder cases may recover after a week or two. If a player pulls up with a thigh/groin injury, ice should be applied to the area in order to reduce the swelling; they should then initially rest but after 24 hours seek advice from a Physiotherapist.
Preventing thigh/groin strain
The risk of suffering from groin pain can be significantly reduced by warming up, stretching and cooling down properly; this given the muscles chance to warm up before they are used.
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