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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A groin strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. The groin is the area where your abdomen meets your upper leg. Tendons are cords of tissue that attach muscle to bone.
Rest your groin area:
You will need to rest your groin area from activities that may cause you pain. This will help decrease the risk of more damage to your groin. Use crutches or a cane as directed.
Ice your groin area:
Ice your groin area to help decrease swelling and pain. Put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a towel. Put the ice on your groin area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour. Do this for as many days as directed.
Wrap your groin:
Your healthcare provider will instruct you on how to wrap your groin with an elastic bandage or tape. When you wrap your groin, it becomes more stable. Wrapping your groin can help decrease your pain.
Elevate the injured area:
Keep the leg on your injured side raised to help decrease pain and swelling in your groin area. Use pillows, blankets, or rolled towels to elevate your leg as often as you can.
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine such as aspirin or ibuprofen to decrease or take away pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you take any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.
You may need to exercise the injured area after your pain and swelling have decreased. Exercises will help prevent stiffness in the injured area and increase strength. Return to your normal activities slowly. You could injure yourself again if you try to return to normal activity too soon. Return to your normal level of activity when:
- You do not have pain when you walk, run, or jump.
- Your injured leg moves like your uninjured leg.
- Your injured leg feels as strong as your uninjured leg.
Prevent another injury:
- Warm up and stretch before you exercise.
- Wear shoes that fit well.
- Wear equipment to protect yourself when you play sports.
- Do exercises as directed to build muscle strength. Stop if you feel pain or tightness in your groin.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them in your follow-up visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have increased swelling and pain in your injured area.
- You have increased groin pain when standing or with movement.
- You have questions or concerns about your injury or treatment.
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