A groin strain is a partial or complete tear of the small fibers of the adductor muscles. These muscles start in the groin and run down the inner thigh to attach to the inner side of the knee.
Muscles of the Groin
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This problem with the adductor muscles may be caused by:
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This may be enough to make the diagnosis.
Images may be needed if symptoms are severe. This can be done with an MRI scan.
How long it takes to heal depends on how badly the muscles are strained. Treatment will include:
Medicines may also be given to ease pain and swelling.
This problem may be prevented by:
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Laura Lei-Rivera, PT, DPT
Last Updated: 7/28/2020