Physical Therapy For Groin Pain

When you're an active person, groin pain can be debilitating. The first thing that comes to mind is "How will I be able to be active again?"

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Physical therapy can help you to recover from groin pain

Fortunately, there are treatments available. It’s been shown that physical therapy for groin pain can help bring relief and get people back on their feet in no time at all!

Groin pain is often caused by a strain of the muscles or tissues surrounding the area. This can be as simple as a minor strain, all the way up to a tear or a sports hernia. 

These types of injuries are more common in athletes who demand explosive performance out of their bodies but can affect people from all walks of life. By working with one of our physiotherapists, we can address the issue and create a short and long-term plan to get you back to being pain-free.

Types of Groin Injuries
We Treat

Arthritis

As we age, it’s common for our cartilage (the tissue that cushions our bones) to wear down and leads to similar issues in the hip, knee, and ankle joints. This can commonly cause groin pain when you’re running or turning during sports.

Don’t let arthritis get in your way of being active! We treat many patients who suffer from this condition on a regular basis with great success.

Bursitis

A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that sits between the bone and other tissues to decrease friction. When you overwork the area or there is dysfunction in the hip joint it is common to develop inflammation in this area. This can cause pain anywhere from the top of your hip down to your upper thigh (sometimes referred to as “hip pointers”).

Labral tear

The labrum is a piece of cartilage around the socket in the hip joint. This helps make a tight seal to decrease friction and allow for easy movement. If you suffer from trauma, overuse, or just poor mechanics, there can be tearing of this tissue which causes pain when rotating your hip or other twisting motions involving the hip.

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

This is a condition that usually occurs in the hip joint where the bone doesn’t have a good “seat” in the socket. This is also referred to as a hip impingement and can lead to:

  • Decreased stability and range of motion
  • Irritation and pain in the hips

Hip flexor strains

Strain of the hip flexor is one of the most common injuries in sports. The hip flexor muscles are often overlooked when not injured, but they can be responsible for groin pain and other injuries.

How Physical Therapy Helps Groin Pain

If you’re having issues with groin pain or injury, there are a number of treatments that can help improve your symptoms and prevent further damage from occurring. Here are the most common methods we use in our clinics:

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Pain Management

When it comes to dealing with an injury of any kind, the main focus is always on returning you back to your "normal" state. We strive to reverse the symptoms and help our patients get back out there doing what they love without having to worry about re-injury.

Physical therapy can help relieve groin pain in a number of ways. It starts with an evaluation and diagnosis, then incorporating exercises to target the area and build up strength and mobility. The physiotherapist might also use ultrasound, massage, dry needling (a type of acupuncture) or other manual techniques to reduce pain.

By following our short-term and long-term plans to help you get back to your normal routine, you'll be able to return to the thing that brought on the injury in the first place.

Stretching exercises

Stretching exercises – Increasing flexibility is an excellent way to reduce symptoms and make sure you're staying in the right kind of shape to avoid further injury.

Stretching can also be an excellent way to increase mobility and work on flexibility. When muscles are tight or there is a lack of mobility, it can stiffen the surrounding areas as well as decrease your overall performance levels. We have many stretches that we recommend to anyone with groin pain to help improve function and reduce symptoms over time.

Strengthening exercises

Once we've found the root cause and worked with you on ways to relieve your symptoms, it's time to build up the muscles around your hips and groin. This is an important part of our short-term and long-term treatment plans to increase your strength and mobility.

Range of motion improvement

Once you've started to regain your strength and mobility, we can help improve the range of motion. This is an important part of returning to daily activities, sports, or other forms of exercise with relative ease.

Groin Pain
Look at the Surrounding Areas

Groin pain is often accompanied by other issues in the surrounding areas. This can be a sign of something called synergistic dominance, where one area takes over the movement to compensate for another issue.

This is why it’s important when dealing with groin pain that you let your physiotherapist know if you are having any problems in or around your hips. Here are some areas you should look at:

Your hip flexors and groin muscles (where the pain is located)

The low back (the tightness that may be causing the problem)

Groin pain in this area could mean a number of things, so it’s important to talk to someone who has experience dealing with these kinds of issues.

The groin and hip joint is the main weight-bearing joint in the body, so sometimes injuries to this area can lead to pain elsewhere.

If you are dealing with groin pain, strain, or injury at the same time, it is important to go over both of these issues with your physiotherapist. It is possible that there are some simple exercises or stretches that will help with the hip pain and keep you from having groin issues.

Groin Pain Can Be Complex

It’s important to have a good understanding of how the area works and what you can do about your pain.  Working with a  physiotherapist will help you start to feel better and get back to your normal routine.

Getting a good, deep stretch in the groin area can be tricky without someone else helping out. While it might not seem like such a big deal, stretching these muscles after an injury can make all the difference in how quickly you recover and how well you heal.

If you are trying to stretch these muscles on your own, you really need to focus on putting pressure in the right places while pushing out into the stretched position. This helps ensure that you’re actually getting a good stretch and not just moving through one of the surrounding muscle groups.

Some people find it helpful to stand facing the wall for this stretch, pushing the back of your leg against the wall while you hold your foot. If this is not enough stretch for you, there are a few other ways that may work better for you:

Start Treating Your Groin Pain at Impact Care Therapy

The human body is an amazing thing. Yet, sometimes it can be a confusing system to comprehend because there are so many parts that all have different functions and work together in tandem. 

Heal your injuries

If you need help managing your condition with exercises designed specifically towards healing your groin pain, contact us today! We will walk through how physical therapy works on helping heal injuries.

Sometimes the most important part of our anatomy gets overlooked or taken for granted in this case, the groin area which encompasses both external genitalia as well as internal pelvic organs. It’s easy for these areas to become strained without us even realizing it since they are usually out of sight and not always sore when experiencing pain due to injury or other conditions like arthritis or fibroids.

What are the common causes of groin pain?

Groin muscles and tendons

These can be pulled, torn, or strained by overuse and too much activity. They typically heal well with rest and mild to moderate exercise, especially after the pain has subsided. It is important to see a doctor for an accurate prognosis because severe injuries may require surgery.

Hip flexors

The muscles and tendons located in the top of your thighs, like the iliopsoas muscle, can become strained or injured from overuse. Hip flexor strains can make it hard to walk or run normally, and during physical activities, it will feel like a sharp pain deep in the groin area. Some strains worsen with activity, and in some cases, a popping or snapping sensation in the hip flexor can be felt if the muscle tears.

Hip adductors

When these muscles are overused they can become strained, causing pain when you walk upstairs, run, or sit for long periods of time. Injuries to these muscles usually cause a burning groin pain that becomes more intense with activity and can cause swelling or bruising in the area. The pain will often subside after short periods of rest, allowing you to resume normal activities, but symptoms should return if you re-injure the groin.

Our Clients Success Stories​

I have had the most positive with Dr. Denise and Dr. Manny. I had ankle surgery where I had 8 screws and a plate... They helped me regain my strength and the self confidence that I can do another race again! They are so friendly, extremely caring and funny!! It’s the perfect physical therapy center! Highly recommend ❤️
Jackie M
Manny has been working with me twice a week for almost three years. He is extremely knowledgeable, plus he pushes me to work my hardest. I recommend him above anyone else. He also is a nice guy, plus really strong, which helps a lot since I am a big guy.
Bill L
Dr. Manny is so compassionate towards his patients. You’re not just a patient, you become part of the family. They absolutely care about healing your pain.
Denise M

Contact Impact Care Physical Therapy To Treat Your Groin Pain Today

The human body is an amazing thing. Yet, sometimes it can be a confusing system to comprehend because there are so many parts that all have different functions and work together in tandem. 

Sometimes the most important part of our anatomy gets overlooked or taken for granted-in this case, the groin area which encompasses both external genitalia as well as internal pelvic organs. It’s easy for these areas to become strained without us even realizing it since they are usually out of sight and not always sore when experiencing pain due to injury or other conditions like arthritis or fibroids.

If you need help managing your condition with exercises designed specifically towards healing your groin pain, contact us today! We will walk through how physical therapy works on helping heal injuries.

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