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Talk to me about... Groin Strains

As a physiotherapist, one of the most common injuries we encounter in athletes and active individuals is adductor pain or groin strains. These injuries can be frustrating and debilitating, especially for those who participate in sports or have an active lifestyle. In this blog post, I'll discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for adductor pain and groin strains.

First, let's talk about what exactly the adductor muscles are and what they do. The adductor muscles are a group of muscles on the inner thigh that are responsible for bringing the legs together. They are used extensively in activities that involve lateral movement, such as running, jumping, and changing direction quickly. When these muscles are overloaded or overstretched, it can lead to pain and injury.

There are several causes of adductor pain and groin strains, including:

  1. Overuse: Participating in activities that involve repetitive lateral movements can put a lot of stress on the adductor muscles, leading to strain and pain.

  2. Weakness: If the adductor muscles are weak, they are more prone to injury.

  3. Poor flexibility: Tightness in the adductor muscles and surrounding areas can increase the risk of injury.

  4. Trauma: A direct blow to the inner thigh can cause a groin strain.

The symptoms of adductor pain and groin strains can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Mild strains may cause discomfort or a dull ache in the groin area, while more severe strains can cause sharp pain and difficulty walking or standing.

As a physiotherapist, my first step in treating adductor pain and groin strains is to assess the extent of the injury. This involves taking a thorough history and conducting a physical examination to determine the severity of the strain and identify any contributing factors.

Treatment options for adductor pain and groin strains typically involve a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to manage pain and swelling. It is important to avoid any activities that aggravate the injury and gradually return to activity once symptoms have improved.

In addition to RICE, physiotherapy can be helpful in treating adductor pain and groin strains. A physiotherapist can develop a personalized rehabilitation program that includes exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected area. This may include exercises such as clamshells, lunges, and stretches to target the adductor muscles and surrounding areas.

Depending on the severity of the injury, other treatment options may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain and swelling, as well as corticosteroid injections in more severe cases.

Prevention is always better than cure, and there are steps that individuals can take to reduce the risk of adductor pain and groin strains. These include:

  1. Gradually increasing the intensity and duration of activities that involve lateral movement.

  2. Warming up properly before exercise, including stretching the adductor muscles and surrounding areas.

  3. Maintaining good strength and flexibility in the adductor muscles through regular exercise and stretching.

  4. Wearing appropriate footwear that provides good support and stability.

In summary, adductor pain and groin strains are common injuries that can be frustrating and debilitating for athletes and active individuals. As a physiotherapist, I believe that early intervention and a personalized rehabilitation program are key to managing these injuries and preventing future recurrences. By taking steps to prevent adductor pain and groin strains, individuals can continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

If you need help treating or managing a groin strain then visit us at Front Foot Physiotherapy to book an appointment. Alternatively, if you want to discuss options then email us at

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