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 an
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 the swelling is gone, apply
to the area that hurts.
- Support. While you are recovering from a groin injury, wear underwear that supports the injured area. Females can use workout underwear or shorts with a snug fit. For males, it's best to wear jockey shorts with a snug fit rather than boxer shorts.
It may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer for a minor groin injury
Stretching and strengthening exercises will help you
gradually return to your normal activities.
Stretching exercises begin with range-of-motion exercises. These are
controlled stretches that prevent stiffness and tendon shortening. Gently bend,
straighten, and rotate your leg and hip. If you have increasing pain, slow down
or stop the exercises.
You may do strengthening exercises with light weights, such as ankle
weights, after the pain has decreased and your flexibility has improved.
Non–weight-bearing activities, such as swimming or cycling, may be
helpful depending on the seriousness of your injury. A sports medicine health
professional or trainer can advise you about fitness activities.
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.
- Do not use more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before you
take any medicine.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
Home treatment measures
may also be helpful for: