A groin strain, or high adductor strain, is an injury that impacts the groin muscles found on the inside of the thigh. This injury can range across three grades, from mild to severe. For the most part, these strains respond positively to treatment.
Groin strains are common sports injuries among athletes and those particularly active. They stem from damage to the five groins, or adductor, muscles. A Grade I strain occurs when less than 25% of the fibers undergo damage making it a minor tear. Grade II involves damage of more than 25% of these fibers. The most serious, Grade III, occurs when there is 100% or nearly 100% rupture of the muscle.
The most common cause is side to side movement, such as a quick change of direction, sprinting, or kicking. Failing to stretch or warm-up before vigorous physical activity is the most common cause of injury. Overuse could also cause these muscles to tear.
Symptoms include a sudden sharp pain, which at times will occur alongside a popping sensation in the inner thigh. Followed by the inability to continue that activity that caused it is the main symptom. Many feel this pain in the belly of the muscle, some feel it where the tendon attaches to the pelvis. Generally, the area will swell and may visibly bruise.
A high adductor strain is treated through targeted stretches, application of ice and heat, massage therapy, and compression. Treatment depends largely on the individual patient and the degree of injury.
If you’re experiencing sharp pain in your groin and think you may be suffering from a high adductor strain, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine. Dr. Bob Meyer has been practicing sports medicine for over 21 years. He goes beyond simple diagnosis by creating custom sports injury treatment plans for the needs of each patient. Get a head start on your treatment by calling today.