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Groin Strain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.


A groin strain

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

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Pain and tenderness in the inside of your thigh.
  • Pain when you bring your legs together.
  • Pain when you lift your knee.

Call your doctor 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.

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 to help decrease swelling and pain. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel before you put it on your groin. Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every hour, or 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.
    How to Wrap an Elastic Bandage
  • 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.
    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:

  • You do not have pain when you walk, run, or jump.
  • Your injured leg moves like your other leg.
  • Your injured leg feels as strong as your other leg.

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 doctor as directed:

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

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