Groin Pain

The groin is defined as the area where your torso and legs meet. Injuries to this area are not as common as foot and knee injuries in runners, but they do occur frequently. Your ability to properly recognize what specific groin injury is causing you pain will mean less time spent recovering.

One of the most common groin injuries runners must endure is from a strain. A groin strain occurs when a tendon or muscle is stretched too far or torn. Strains are designated as either acute or chronic. Acute strains happen suddenly as a result of a pulled or torn muscle. Chronic strains develop over time from continued exercise. You will be more susceptible to this injury if you don’t warm-up properly, are running while tired or your fitness is lacking—leaving your muscles weaker than they might be. Symptoms include muscle spasms, swelling, limited range of motion and pain.

A similarly common groin injury is a groin sprain. A groin sprain differs from a strain in that ligaments are affected. Groin sprains, as other types of sprains, result when the hip joint is severely taxed during exercise, causing a ligament to overextend or partially tear. Groin sprains may occur as a result of running while you are tired or due to questionable fitness or not warming-up. Symptoms may include hearing or feeling a pop, swelling, limited mobility and discomfort.

An inguinal hernia results when a small portion of body tissue, generally intestinal, protrudes through weaker areas of tendons or muscles along the bottom of the abdominal wall. Symptoms usually include a steady, growing pain in the lower abdomen or groin. Men will sometimes experience pain in their testicles. Overweight runners are most susceptible to this injury. Other causes include lifting heavy objects, straining during bowel movements and pregnancy.

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