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Groin Pain

Many times mild groin pain is caused by a minor injury that you may not have even noticed. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your pain.

Most of the time when a serious problem is causing groin pain, you will have other symptoms. It is important to look for other signs of illness when you have groin pain but no known injury. Most hernias have other symptoms besides groin pain, though pain may be an early sign of an inguinal hernia. See a picture of an inguinal hernia camera.gif.

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Causes of groin pain

Pain felt in the groin may be coming from other parts of the body (radiating or referred pain). This kind of pain may be caused by:

Pulled muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the leg may cause symptoms in the groin. Be sure to look for other symptoms when you have groin pain that is not related to an injury.

Groin symptoms in children

Groin problems may cause pain in the groin, hip, or knee. Common causes of groin symptoms include:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This condition affects the blood supply or proper placement of the upper part of the thighbone (head of the femur) in the hip socket.
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis. This condition occurs when the femur slips at the growth plate (physis) and does not fit in the hip socket correctly.
  • Developmental dislocation of the hip (DDH). This condition is caused by abnormal development of the hip joint. The femur may fit loosely into the hip socket (subluxation) or be completely out of the hip socket.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the joint space of the hip (toxic synovitis).
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. This disease causes inflamed, swollen, stiff, and often painful joints.
  • Infectious arthritis (septic arthritis). This is caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection inside the hip joint.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised March 1, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 01, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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