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Just the thought of groin pain is enough to make anyone wince. If you’ve ever experienced groin pain, you know exactly what we’re talking about. While a fairly common injury from sports, groin pain can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. And it can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Not all groin pain is considered serious, but no one with a groin injury is going to want to hear that!

Common Causes of Groin Pain

It might be a punt or a penalty kick: there are plenty of ways to injure a groin. Here are some of the most common causes::

What to Do About Groin Pain

In most cases, treatment for groin pain can be done at home. If there’s a groin injury such as a muscle strain or a mild sports hernia, the most common treatments are rest, ice and heat therapy, and over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

You should see a doctor about your recurring groin pain–in many cases, he or she will recommend the above treatment. However, if a hernia is detected and serious enough, surgery could be an option. A severe sports hernia may also require surgery to reattach a muscle, tendon, or ligament.

While most cases of groin pain are not considered serious, you don’t want to take chances with conditions such as testicular torsion (when a testicle becomes twisted), kidney stones (hard mineral deposits in the bladder or kidney), ovarian cysts, urinary tract infections, testicular cancer, and other serious conditions that all present groin pain as a symptom.

Physical Therapy to Treat Groin Pain

As we mentioned above, most groin injuries can be treated with rest, ice/heat, and OTC pain medications. Some may require surgery. But physical therapy can be a very effective treatment for groin pain, especially when it involves the hip. In those cases, a physical therapist will likely work with you on exercises that help strengthen your hip and leg muscles and stretches designed to improve flexibility and range of motion. Time on a stationary bike or a treadmill can also help once the initial groin pain has healed.

Groin Pain Therapy at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, TX

Come visit us at Physical Therapy NOW, conveniently located in Irving. Before we start any PT program, our highly skilled and experienced physical therapists will meet with you and ask you several questions about your injury to determine the proper course of treatment.

Once that has been established, we will work with you to heal, restore, and strengthen the affected area until you’re recovered. In most cases, we’ll also recommend a treatment plan to follow on your own at home so that you can avoid future injury.

We’ve seen our share of groin injuries and know how to treat them with groin pain therapy. Call us today at (214) 225-0291 to set up your first appointment.

Written by Kahini Shah

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