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Pain in the hips and groin
The groin area is surrounded by the lower part of the stomach, the crotch of the inner thigh, and the hip joint. Experiencing pain in the groin is common and can be caused by many different disorders, both in the hip joint and the muscles and tendons around the pelvis.
Wear and tear on the body as you age, damage to the hip joint, muscle fiber injuries and overloading your muscles and tendons in the groin area are all factors can contribute to the onset of hip and/or groin pain. Playing football is a frequent cause of groin pain, but it can happen after participating in any activity that demands quick weight shifts and direction changes. Lack of control or stability in the pelvis, together with weakened lower back and/or leg muscles, can all predispose you to hip and groin problems because, over time, these factors often lead to undue pressure on joints, muscles and tendons.
Pain in the groin can originate from the abdominal muscles, the various muscle groups in the thigh as well as the hip joint. Typically, discomfort will arise as the result of certain kinds of activities that place pressure on the hip and groin area such as kicking a ball or changing direction abruptly.
However, sometimes this pain can actually be the result of pain radiating from the organs of the lower abdomen and genitals. If you experience any pain radiating from the abdomen or groin, then it is always best to check with your doctor first to make sure that you do in fact have a muscular-skeletal injury before commencing any form of rehabilitation program.
What can you do to treat the pain yourself?
Avoid Sports With Many Directional Shifts
You should avoid sports that involve frequent and/or rapid directional changes, such as football, handball, tennis, badminton, running on uneven terrain, or any other activity that induces pain in the groin.
Train the muscles and your mobility around the hip and groin area
While it is important to refrain from irritating or aggravating your injury, it is essential to keep the hip joint and the muscles active to avoid stiffness and poor circulation. It is also a good idea to perform exercises that will help increase mobility, improve balance and increase stability in the pelvic area.