"Help me ... help you. Help me, help you."
That famous line from the film Jerry Maguire may be the best advice a
doctor could give his or her patient.
"Some patients have the attitude, 'I'm putting myself in the hands of a
professional,'" says Stephen Permut, MD, chairman of family and community
medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "They want
you to make all their decisions for them."
Permut prefers to have patients get involved in their own care and engage
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 during lifting, pushing, or
pulling heavy objects. A fall can pull a groin muscle. 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 occur quickly. Sometimes
swelling and bruising do not show up for a few days after the injury.
Inguinal hernias occur when a weak spot develops in
the lower abdominal tissue. Often the cause of the hernia is not known, but may
be caused by lifting, straining, coughing, obesity, pregnancy, constipation, or
aging. A weakness or abnormality in the muscles from birth (congenital) may
also increase your chance of having a hernia.
Some groin injuries come from overuse
when repeated minor injuries lead to strains or tears of the muscles. 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
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
Home treatment can relieve the pain, swelling, and
bruising that can occur with a pulled groin muscle.
Groin injury in children
In rare cases, a young
child may have a hairline fracture of the hip or an avulsion fracture where the
hip and upper part of the thighbone are torn apart by force and groin pain is
the main symptom. Displacement of the head of the thighbone (slipped capital femoral epiphysis) can occur from an
injury. Mild groin or knee pain in a child that does not improve after a few
days of home treatment needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If your
child's groin pain is severe, immediate evaluation is needed.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
March 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 01, 2011
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