Dear Dr. Caraotta,
After my sons baseball game a couple of weeks ago he complained of groin pain and though it is slowly getting better, it seems to be healing slow. He does not remember doing anything during the game to cause this. What are some causes of groin pain, and should I be concerned?
Dr. Caraotta’s Response
Fortunately, many groin problems are muscular in nature and injuries will resolve with supportive care, and home treatments of rest and ice. A person can pull (strain) or tear a groin muscle during exercise (such as running, skating, kicking in soccer, or playing baseball) if they make a sudden sideways movement while rotating their leg. Additionally, lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects can also cause a groin strain.
Another cause of groin pain is infections. Infections may cause lumps, and swelling in the groin area. Glands (lymph nodes) in the groin may become enlarged when there is infection in the surrounding part of the body or in the legs or feet. If the infection is minor, the swelling may last a few days and go away on its own.
Other things that could cause groin pain are the following:
- Inguinal hernia – which presents as a bulge of soft tissue through a weak spot in the
abdominal wall in the groin area. An inguinal hernia may need surgical treatment.
- Kidney stones.
- Hip problems, especially in children and older adults.
- Back problems.
- Legg‑Calve‑Perthes disease.
- Displacement of the head of the thigh bone (slipped capital femoral epiphysis).
- Developmental dislocation of the hip (DDH).
- Inflammation of the lining of the joint space of the hip (toxic synovitis).
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
- Infectious arthritis (septic arthritis) of the hip joint.
When a person is in an athletic season, or in a work situation in which they are putting constant pressure in the groin, we caution them to come into our office for an evaluation. With rest, supportive care, Chiropractic and Orthopedic treatment, many muscular groin problems quickly resolve and will not advance into a chronic state.
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