Groin pain is a common problem among athletes of many sports. But this type of pain isn’t limited to athletes. Anyone of any age can suffer groin pain.
Your groin is the area below your belly button, where your legs meet your torso. It contains organs, hip joints, and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that allow you to move your legs.
While sports injuries are a leading cause of groin pain, joint conditions and other health issues can also cause it. The doctors at Crescent City Orthopedics are experts at diagnosing groin pain and helping their patients find fast relief. Read on to find out more about the top causes of groin pain.
There are five main muscles in your groin. They’re connected to your bones with ligaments and tendons, and all of these tissues are susceptible to strain. Adductor muscle strains, hip flexor strains, and labral tears are common causes of groin pain.
Groin injuries that involve muscles, ligaments, and tendons are very common in athletes who play contact sports, such as football or hockey. You might feel a pull in your groin when you jump, change direction quickly while running, or get tackled.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It often develops with age. In younger joints, there’s a layer of cartilage that cushions joints as they move. Unfortunately, it can wear away as you get older.
Arthritis can cause joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness. It can affect one or both hips, and the pain can affect the groin area. If you’re an older adult and you’re experiencing ongoing groin pain, it could be due to arthritis in your hip.
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. It can develop over time with repeated stress on a particular bone, and it’s common in sports that require running or jumping.
Stress fractures might be so small that they don’t appear on an X-ray, but they can be a source of groin pain. If you have groin pain as well as persistent pain in your hip, and you have no known injury or preexisting health condition ― such as arthritis ― you may have a stress fracture.
The lumbar area of your spine is in your lower back. Certain injuries or spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, can pinch the nerves inside your spinal canal. Depending on the affected nerves, you might feel pain in your groin and thigh area.
When you come to Crescent City Orthopedics, our team will perform a comprehensive exam to diagnose the source of your groin pain. Strains and soft tissue tears typically heal on their own with adequate rest and at-home care. Pain stemming from other injuries or arthritis may improve with pain-relieving medications and physical therapy. If the condition is severe, you may benefit from a surgical procedure, such as a hip replacement.
Whatever the cause of your groin pain, we’re here to help. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Crescent City Orthopedics today.