30 November 2007

Adductor strains

A groin strain is a stretch, tear or the complete rupture of the muscle called the adductor longus, which runs from the pubic bone to the inside of the thigh bone.



  • Stabbing pain when palpitating the affected area
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Inability to pull your leg inward

What can be done

  • R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Sports massage, stretching, electrical nerve stimulation, laser treatment
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections
  • Two to eight week recovery depending on severity
  • Surgery may be necessary for complete tears of the tendinous insertion from the bone


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