You may have had a minor groin problem at
one time or another. Most of the time our body movements do not cause
problems. It's not surprising that symptoms may develop from everyday wear and
tear, overuse, or an injury.
groin areas are located on each side of the body in the folds where the belly
joins the legs. The pubic area lies between the two groin areas.
Groin injuries most commonly occur during:
- Sports or recreational activities, such as ice
hockey, cross-country skiing, basketball, and soccer.
- Work or projects around the home.
Groin problems and injuries can cause pain and concern. Most
minor problems or injuries will heal on their own. Home treatment is usually
all that is needed to relieve symptoms and heal.
acute injury may occur from a direct blow, a stabbing
injury, a fall, or from the leg being turned in an abnormal position.
You can pull (strain) or tear
a groin muscle during exercise, such as running, skating, kicking in soccer, or
playing basketball. You can strain a groin muscle while lifting, pushing, or
pulling heavy objects. You might pull a groin muscle when you fall. A sudden pulling or
tearing of a groin muscle may cause sudden pain. A snapping sound may be heard
with hip or leg movement. Swelling and bruising can happen quickly. Sometimes
swelling and bruising do not show up for a few days after the injury.
Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed
on an area. This often happens when you overdo an activity or repeat the same
activity day after day. Overuse can lead to muscle strains or tears or may
cause swelling. Overuse
- A hairline crack in a bone (stress fracture).
- Osteitis pubis, which is a
condition that causes chronic groin pain because of stress on the
pubis symphysis. Distance runners and soccer players
are most likely to be affected.
- Avulsion fractures. This occurs when force causes a
muscle to tear away from a bone and break a piece of bone. It most commonly
affects teenage athletes who are involved in jumping, kicking, sprinting, or
Groin pain not caused
by an injury to the groin may be coming from other parts of the body. This is
called radiating, or referred, pain.
tendons in the leg may cause symptoms in the groin. It
is important to look for
other causes of groin pain when you have not had an
inguinal hernia is a bulge of soft tissue through a
weak spot in the abdominal wall in the groin area.See a picture of an
inguinal hernia . An inguinal hernia may need surgical treatment. A
sports hernia may affect the same area of the groin in
Infections may cause a lump, bumps, or swelling in the groin area. Glands (lymph nodes) in the groin
may become enlarged and painful when there is an infection in the groin area. If the
infection is minor, the swelling may last a few days and go away on its own.