A pulled groin is also commonly referred to as “groin strain” which involves the strain of the adductor muscles, the muscles that run along the inner thigh. Undergoing a pulled groin is a painful condition that can negatively impact your range of motion in your legs. Often times athletes suffer from this injury in their dominant leg as it commonly occurs from a kicking motion placing undue stress on the adductor muscles.  If you find that you may be suffering from a pulled groin, contact our office to make an appointment for physical therapy in Huntington.

What causes a pulled groin?

Many different physical activities can cause a muscle strain such as a pulled groin. A strain in a muscle happens when the muscle contracts and stretches at the same time causing undue stress to the muscle and surrounding tissues. Some of the following activities can cause a pulled groin:

  • Overuse of the muscle during exercise
  • Specific sports, such as soccer (involving repeated kicking motions)
  • Lifting: heavy objects can cause too much strain on the muscles involved, including the adductor muscles involved in a pulled groin
  • Kicking: kicking too hard and over-exerting yourself can negatively affect the soft tissues of the leg that are used to kick
  • Falling: falling down on a weird angle stretching the inner thigh muscles too far can cause strain

If you think you’ve suffered a pulled groin, our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington can help.

What are the symptoms of a pulled groin?

A pulled groin can cause many painful and debilitating symptoms, negatively impacting daily activities as well as sports you may be involved in. Some of the following symptoms may indicate that you have a pulled groin:

  • A decrease in strength specifically in the inner thigh
  • Bruising
  • Pain when walking, running, or during any activity involving heavy leg use
  • Snapping sound during the time of injury
  • Inflammation

How is a pulled groin treated?

Treating any muscle injury generally involves physical therapy to improve range of motion, flexibility, and to treat swelling and pain. A variety of treatment techniques are used by our knowledgeable team of physical therapists including but not limited to:

  • Heat therapy
  • Stretching
  • Massage therapy
  • Strengthening exercises

Physical therapy is an excellent treatment option for treating a pulled groin injury effectively and successfully. For physical therapy in Huntington, contact us to make an appointment today!