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Groin Strain Treatments


Treatment depends on how severe the strain is. It usually includes:

  • Rest—Do not do activities that cause pain. If normal walking hurts, shorten your stride. Do not play sports until the pain is gone.
  • Cold—Apply ice or a cold pack to the groin area for 15-20 minutes, four times a day, for several days after the injury. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
  • Pain relief medications—Ask your doctor which over-the-counter medication is right for you.
  • Compression—Wear an elastic compression bandage (eg, Ace bandage) around your upper thigh to prevent swelling. Do not wrap the bandage too tight.
  • Elevation—For the first 24 hours, keep your leg higher than your heart to minimize swelling.
  • Heat—Use heat only when you are returning to physical activity. Then use it before stretching or getting ready to play sports.
  • Stretching —When the acute pain is gone, follow your doctor's guidelines for stretching. Stay within pain limits. Stretch several times each day.
  • Strengthening —Begin strengthening exercises for your adductor muscles as recommended by a healthcare professional.

Check with your doctor before returning to activity.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2021 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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