Pulled Groins: Causes, Symptoms and Everything You Need to Know

We all love a little competition with our friends, but when that weekend football or soccer game at the park leads to injuries, such as pulled groins, rivalries go out the window. If you recently overstretched, pulled or overstressed the muscles in your groin and thigh, chances are you’re suffering from a pulled groin.

While some rest can be helpful in treating your pulled groin, Total Pain Care of New Jersey is ready to help if the pain intensifies. Our pain-management specialists are determined to treat your injury, so get your free pain assessment today. To help you avoid this injury altogether, Total Pain Care has all the information you need.

Identifying the Pain

Like with other injuries, groin pulls are often classified into categories. These include:

  • 1st Degree – Characterized by mild pain and minimal loss of strength and movement
  • 2nd Degree – Moderate pain accompanied by minimal to moderate loss of strength and some tissue damage
  • 3rd Degree – Severe pain and loss of strength and movement due to complete muscle tear

It’s important to know and understand the symptoms that often follow this injury. They generally include:

  • Pain and tenderness along the inside of the thigh and in the groin
  • Pain when closing the legs or raising the knees
  • A popping sensation at the time of the injury

Know the Treatments

Some groin pulls can potentially heal with rest, but there are some things you can do to heal faster. You can ice the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes every few hours for several days. Medication, such as anti-inflammatories and painkillers, can additionally help ease the pain.

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If your aches and discomfort intensify or continue for an extended period of time, medical attention is highly advised. Total Pain Care knows how important your mobility is and we’ll work diligently to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Our pain-management specialists can evaluate your injury to determine the steps to be taken. We’ll accompany you through the journey to recovery at the pace that your body requires.

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