Diagnosis and Treatment of Groin Pain in Athletes

Diagnosis and Treatment of Groin Pain in Athletes Blog

Groin pain is a common complaint in athletes, especially in sports like hockey, soccer and football that involve pivoting, twisting and rapid directional changes. Chronic groin pain can interfere with performance, and can take an athlete out of the game for extended periods of time. In some cases it may become a career-ending injury. Treating groin pain early on is key to healing and preventing further injury.

Hip and Groin Anatomy

The hip and pelvic region is made up of a complex network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and nerves that interact to mediate force loads between the upper and lower body during physical activity. In high velocity sports that demand rapid directional changes, force loads are high, placing extraordinary stress on the hip and pelvic structures. For some athletes, high-intensity play can lead to groin pain.

Causes of Groin Pain

Groin pain often results from a repetitive overuse injury that gradually worsens over time. Acute injuries arising from a single incident can also manifest as groin pain. Subcategories of injuries that may cause groin pain include:

  • Muscle contusions, ruptures or strains
  • Hip dislocation, ligament subluxation or hip fractures
  • Joint injuries including cartilage, labrum, and femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Sports hernia
  • Adductor injuries
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Bursitis

Poor flexibility in the inner thigh and groin area can increase the risk of groin pain and injury. Adductor muscles weaker than abductor muscles also increases groin injury risk.

Diagnosis of Groin Pain

Because of the complexity of the hip and pelvic region, accurate diagnosis is fundamental to effective treatment. At NYDNR, we use real time diagnostic ultrasound to visualize the structures of the pelvis in motion. By observing the interaction of pelvic structures, we are able to accurately assess the nature and severity of an injury, and pinpoint the source of pain.

Groin Pain Treatment

Our treatment goals are to correct the underlying cause of groin pain and rehabilitate the athlete in preparation for return to play. Treatment may involve some or all of the following:

  • Core stability training
  • Gait analysis and retraining
  • DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization)
  • Physical therapy
  • Red cord therapy

In the best case scenario, the athlete will be able to return to play with improved performance and reduced risk of future injury.

Groin Pain Treatment in NYC

If you are suffering from sports-related groin pain, do not ignore it or try to train through it. The pain specialists at NYDNR can help you correct the underlying cause of groin pain and eliminate it, so you can return to play with confidence. Contact us today, and see why we are the best athletic rehab clinic in NYC.


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