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Groin Pain - What do your Symptoms Mean?

Groin Pain - What do your Symptoms Mean?

Groin pain is a common problem most people face, but then what are the groin pain symptoms? This article deals with this pain in women as well as men so that you get a clear idea about when to seek medical advice.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Groin is the area which links the abdomen and the legs, and pain in this area is caused due to an injury or strain. Pain in the groin may indicate some problem with the hip joint. Usually, if there is an injury in the hip joint, it may be accompanied by pain in the groin region. This happens because the nerves in our body are arranged in such a way that if there is an injury in the hip joint, the pain is felt in the groin. It's somewhat similar to people who have heart or gallbladder problems wherein the pain is felt in the shoulder and arm respectively.
Groin Pain in Men
➜ The reasons for groin pain in men and women are similar. A muscle pull in the groin region is the main cause and it can be quite painful. Many a time, you may not be able to carry out your daily activities, like walking due to severe pain.
➜ Usually, groin pain is divided into three grades: grade I, grade II, and grade III. In grade I, there's mild discomfort and it does not limit your daily activities. In grade II pain, discomfort may be moderate and can limit your ability to run and jump and may be accompanied by bruising and swelling. It's in the grade III pain that you may not be able to walk.
➜ Another important symptom may occur due to a rupture in the adductor muscles of the groin, as these muscles become weak due to the rupture. There may be severe pain which starts from the groin and passes on to the legs and is often accompanied by inflammation. If this is the case, you can face difficulty in pulling your knees together.
➜ Groin pain is quite common in sports persons, especially athletes and people who play sports like soccer and ice hockey. The pain may be caused due to the weakening of hip muscles, which occurs as a result of overstressing. As such, proper conditioning is necessary so as to prevent an injury. Pain in the groin may also be accompanied by rashes and an itching sensation. This may be due to an infection caused by yeast or ringworm. Usually, rashes can be treated at home and there is nothing to worry about it.
Groin Pain due to Hernia
➜ Hernia is one of the major causes of groin pain, especially in men. Women are also affected but the number of cases are very few. But, in case of men, the instances are high. Initially, when a person gets hernia, there may be no symptoms, but the person may feel some kind of a pressure or heaviness in the groin region.
➜ However, as the condition grows, symptoms start appearing. If you remain in a standing position for a long time or perform some activities which put pressure on the abdomen such as continuous coughing or heavy lifting, you may feel a pain in the groin. Moreover, you may also find it difficult to urinate.
➜ As time progresses, the condition deteriorates and a bulge in the abdomen, near the groin, may be formed. The bulge would become tender and uncomfortable to touch. As its size increases, a part of the intestine may be trapped and over time, may not be able to get back to its original position in the abdomen. In such a case, there are chances that the intestine may be trapped, resulting in its twisting and severe damage. This results in severe pain, and in such a case, immediate medical care needs to be provided.
Thus, there are several groin pain symptoms which you should look out for, and the main ones being severe pain in the groin region due to hip injury, a feeling of pressure or heaviness, and a bulge in the region. Consult a doctor immediately whenever you find something wrong with the groin, or else it can escalate into a dangerous problem.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.