Groin Muscle (Adductor) Strain

An adductor or groin strain is due to a stretch or tearing of the adductor muscle of the inner thigh.  It commonly occurs in sports with side-to-side movement in which a sudden hip adduction or external rotation occurs. Sports in which groin strains commonly occur include soccer and tennis.

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Symptoms

Symptoms are pain in the inner thigh or groin. There may be swelling or bruising of the inner thigh. There is pain with stretching and weakness bringing the thigh together. 

Treatment

Treatment is rest and avoiding pain. Application of ice can limit swelling. Physical therapy with gentle stretching and strengthening can help recovery.  A very gradual return to sports activity is important due to the risk of “re-injury”.