Here at Muscle Lab your health and recovery is our main priority. We've created Recovery plans specifically aimed at your injury. Your recovery process will begin with an injury assessment to determine the grade and depth of your pulled groin. Health information about how the injury occurred and the amount of pain and swelling you're experiencing are vital.
MUSCLE LAB GROIN RECOVERY PLAN
The Groin is junctional region consisting of the lower abdomen and thigh on either side of the pubic bone. Also referred to as the inguinal region of the body, the groin muscles are comprised of the iliopsoas, rectus femoris, and the entire adductor group located on the inner thigh. A groin strain happens when there is overactivity of the above muscles, typically due to over stretching, injury or tearing the adductor longus. A groin strain often occurs when a muscle is required to both contract and lengthen at the same time. The stress of this activity and these movements is what typically causes injury to the groin muscle.
Groin pain may be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose due to the wide range of inner thigh muscles and nerves that pass through the area stemming from the spinal cord. A groin strain injury is fairly common when it comes to recreational and professional athletes. Soccer players, baseball players and hockey players alike tend to experience a groin pull within their careers due to running, jumping or twisting rapidly with eternal rotation upon movement.
GROIN STRAIN SYMPTOMS
The symptoms of a groin strain highly depend on the degree of the strain, they may range from mild to severe. Some of the general symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Moderate to severe pain located in the groin area
- Radiating thigh pain that may be associated to knee pain or discomfort lifting knee
- Swelling felt in any region consisting of the groin muscles
- Slight or severe bruising due to impacted injury of the groin
- Difficulty walking or problems with certain exercises
- Snapping sounds during movement of groin
- warm sensation felt in groin muscle
CAUSES OF GROIN STRAIN
There are many ways someone can suffer from a groin strain. Rapid movements involving kicking or stretching can lead to this muscle injury. Athletes often suffer most due to the degree of activity their muscles experience. Their muscle strength may be greater than the average person however, muscle tears can easily happen when no recovery plan is put in place.
Overuse injuries and a lack of stretching make it more likely someone will suffer a groin pull at some point. Over stretching or tearing of the muscle often happens due to the degree of stress during activity. Even though sports are the more common cause of a groin strain, its not the only culprit. you may experience a pulled groin in day to day life by incorrectly lifting heavy objects, unexpectedly falling or partaking in activities such as resistance training.
GRADES OF GROIN STRAIN
Another aspects to take into consideration is the grade of your pulled groin muscle and how to recognize which injury you have. Groin strains are broken up into three grades ranking from mild, moderate to severe.
Grade 1 Groin Strain
A grade 1 groin strain is the most mild strain, it can often be associated with mild discomfort in the thigh area as well as slight loss in mobility and strength. This type of injury often occurs when up to five percent of muscle fibers are overstretched or very slightly torn. Your ability to walk may be unaffected but activities such as kicking or jumping may be painful.
Grade 2 Groin Strain:
A grade 2 groin strain is a moderate strain, it is often associated with significant pain in the inner thigh, small amounts of bruising, swelling of the adductor muscle and a loss of movement in the hip joint. During this strain you may experience partial rupturing of the muscle fibers.
Grade 3 Groin Strain:
Lastly, a grade 3 groin strain is the most severe of the groin injuries. Through this strain you will experience severe pain in the inner thigh, loss in movement or mobility of the hip joint and bruising covering the thigh area. During this strain your muscle fibers may completely rupture and medical intervention may be needed before starting your recovery plan.