Home treatment measures can help
relieve pain, swelling, and bruising and promote healing after a groin injury.
These home treatment measures also may be helpful for noninjury problems.
But if you think you may have a more severe injury, use first aid measures
while you arrange to be checked by your doctor.
Rest. Rest and protect an
injured or sore
groin area for 1 to 2 weeks. Stop, change, or take a
break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness. Do not do
intense activities while you still have pain. A pulled muscle (strain) in the groin can take several weeks to
Ice. Cold will reduce pain and
swelling. Apply a
ice or cold pack immediately to reduce swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack
for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. A bag of frozen peas or corn
may work as a cold pack. Protect your skin from frostbite by placing a cloth
between the ice and your skin. After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply
to the area that hurts.
recovering from a groin injury, wear jockey shorts, not boxers, to help support
the injured area.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try an over-the-counter medicine to help
treat your pain:
Talk to your child?s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these safety tips
when you use an over-the-counter medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.