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Groin Strain, Ambulatory Care

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.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Sudden pain or tenderness
  • Trouble moving the leg on the injured side

Treatment for a groin strain

may include pain medicine. You may also need a support device, such as crutches or a cane, to decrease pain as you move around.

Care for your groin strain:

  • Rest to help decrease the risk of more damage to your groin. Avoid activities that cause you pain. Use crutches or a cane as directed.
  • Apply ice on your groin for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • Elevate the leg on your injured side as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain in your groin. Prop your leg on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.

Prevent another groin strain:

  • 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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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