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Groin Strain Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the groin area
  • Stiffness in the groin area
  • Weakness of the adductor muscles
  • Bruising in the groin area (if blood vessels are broken)
  • Popping or snapping sensation as the muscle tears (possibly)


The doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical history, physical activity, and the injury. Your thigh will be examined for:

  • Tenderness and/or bruising directly over the adductor muscles
  • Pain or weakness when contracting the adductor muscles, particularly against resistance

Muscle strains are graded according to their severity:

Grade 1

  • Stretching with some microtearing of muscle fibers
  • Recovery: 2 weeks

Grade 2

  • Partial tearing of muscle fibers
  • Recovery: 1-2 months

Grade 3

  • Complete tearing (rupture) of muscle fibers
  • Recovery: three months

For severe groin strains, you may have an MRI scan . If you're an athlete, your doctor may have this test done to help determine how long your recovery will be.

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