Physical Therapy for a Groin Strain
North Boulder Physical Therapy, Boulder, Colorado
At North Boulder Physical Therapy, we’ve helped numerous patients at both of our locations with physical therapy for groin strains, a tearing injury to the adductor muscles of the hip.
So, what is this injury all about? You have 5 muscles that attach in your groin and inner aspect of the thigh’s long bone (femur). These are the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis and pectineus. Typically, injuries occur when one or more of these muscles are in a stretched position and then suddenly forced to contract. For example, let’s say you’re out for a run and misstep. As you lose control and begin slipping into a “splits position”, your body will reflexively protect your leg from spreading. You’re stretching the muscles and then snapping them back, thus causing a groin strain.
While less dramatic, even improper over-stretching techniques can cause a strain. Either way, you’ll likely know you have a groin strain by the pain in the injured muscle. There may be swelling in the groin and muscles may feel week. You’ll also feel the pain of a groin strain when bringing an injured leg inward in a motion similar to a soccer kick, as well as stretching the leg out to the side and just by standing on it.