Groin pulls or strains occur when too much stress is put on the muscles around your groin and thigh. When the muscles are tensed forcefully or suddenly, it can result in an over-stretched or torn muscle.
Groin pulls usually occur among athletes that engage in sports that require a lot of jumping and running. Sudden jumps and changing directions are more likely to cause groin injury. In our Chelmsford clinic, we notice that the majority of groin injuries are mostly among athletes like sprinters, football players, weightlifters’ soccer player and other athletes who fail to warm up or stretch before engaging in a sporting activity.
A groin strain is not difficult to detect, as the athlete will immediately notice when it happens. In mild cases, some may try to reduce the swelling and give it time to recover. In a more severe case, it can prevent the person from performing the most straightforward task such as walking, standing or even sleeping. In such a case, the person requires evaluation by a specialist physiotherapist, soft tissue therapist or a doctor.
In extremely severe cases, a groin injury can result in muscle rupture, which may require a surgical procedure to reattach torn ends. Although surgical procedures can be a solution to this problem in some cases, ruptured muscles tend to effectively respond to non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation, and this is where physiotherapy comes into play.
Symptoms of Groin Pain
In groin strain, the muscle is usually forced, stretched or contracted beyond its limit and the muscles tissue around the groin gets torn in the process. This tear in the groin muscle is referred to as groin strain. Depending on how severe the pain might be, it is classified as first, second or third-degree strain.
A groin strain will result in pain and weakness around the affected area. This weakness and pain will prevent you from activities like a sudden change in direction; reduce the strength of your kicking action.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Groin Pain?
In the case of groin pain, physiotherapy is an effective means of finding the source of the pain and seeking effective treatment options.
Our professional physiotherapists rely on their knowledge and expertise to determine specific signs and symptoms associated with the groin pain to provide a precise and accurate diagnosis. At Faye Pattison’s physiotherapy clinic, our expert physiotherapists possess the technical know-how to determine the specific cause of your groin pain.
When dealing with groin pain, it is essential to accurately diagnose the cause of the problem to ensure that you are placed under the correct treatment and management plan.
Management process usually includes the following
- A period of rest to reduce the swelling in the irritated areas
- Our physiotherapist prescribes particular exercise during the period of rest to address the cause of the pain
- A strengthening program is implemented to prepare the patient to return to performing sporting activities
- The injury is monitored carefully during the return-to-sport program to prevent future reoccurrences.
During treatment, it is essential to observe a lengthy period of rest until the problem is completely solved. Placing ice on the affected areas is vital for the first 48 hours to stimulate blood flow and prevent swelling. During the period of rest, activities that caused the symptoms should be avoided entirely. Gentle resistance exercise, stretching, and massage are vital to the recovery process as they help to even-up the scar tissue that forms during the healing process. Faye Pattison’s experienced soft tissue therapists and physiotherapists in Chelmsford will create a rehabilitation plan targeted at improving the strength of the muscle around the affected areas.
Various factors can increase your chances of having a groin stress. Some of these factors include, prior groin strain, muscle weakness, age, muscle imbalance in the thigh and reduced flexibility.
Groin strains can quickly be discovered by clinical examinations. Our expert physiotherapists in Chelmsford, Essex are incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of all injuries both sporting and non-sporting injuries.
After executing the rest stage of the recovery program, a more active rehabilitation process can be started. Our specialist physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists in Chelmsford have excellent knowledge in the treatment and management of groin strains, and they are ever ready to put you through a training plan personally developed for you to ensure that total recovery through physiotherapy.