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Groin Strain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

A groin strain happens when a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. Tendons are cords of tissue that attach muscle to bone.


Call your doctor if:


Rest your groin:

You will need to rest your groin 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:

Ice your groin 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 for 15 to 20 minutes every hour. Do this for as many days as directed.

Wrap your groin:

Your healthcare provider will teach you 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.

How to Wrap an Elastic Bandage

Elevate the injured area:

Keep the leg on your injured side raised to help decrease pain and swelling in your groin. Use pillows, blankets, or rolled towels to elevate your leg as often as you can.

Elevate Leg


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:

Prevent another injury:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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