The other day I was lifting my 40 lb. bicycle into my car. I usually bend at the knees and lift it straight up and roll it into my car. No big deal. But this one time I lifted it but had to place the bike further back in the car (because I didn’t bring a sheet big enough to cover the entire area for the bike to rest). So, I had to hold all of the weight of the bike once lifted and twist my body to place the wheel on the sheet that was placed too far back. Unfortunately, the weight distribution was not to my advantage and I strained my groin muscle. It took me a few days to realize why I had this incredibly painful muscle strain in my upper right thigh.
So, I looked up groin pulls on the internet and the symptoms mirrored what I was feeling. I thought groin pulls were a guy thing or at least a professional athlete injury. Not so, I found out. Here is what I learned about the cause of this type of injury and what I have to do (whether I like it or not) for it to heal. Patience is now my virtue or else the muscle ain’t gonna get better.
A groin pull or strain results from putting too much stress on muscles in the upper thigh or groin forcefully or suddenly. This strain causes the muscle to become overstretched or torn.
There are three degrees of a groin pull:
Mild pain, but little loss of strength or movement.
Moderate pain, mild to moderate strength loss and some tissue damage
Severe pain, severe loss of strength and function due to a complete tear of the muscle. (May require surgery)
Treatment: What to do…
A groin pull will usually heal on its own with time and rest. Here are some tips:
* Ice the inside of your thigh to reduce pain and swelling. 20 minutes every 4 hours.
*Compress your thigh using an elastic bandage.
*Take anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen. Also, magnesium will help the muscle relax.
*Do Stretching and strengthening exercises when pain has reduced.
It may take four to six weeks to heal.
Don’t rush things and don’t return to your old level of activity until:
You can move your leg on the injured side as freely and as easily as your other leg.
The leg on your injured side feels as strong as the leg on the uninjured side.
You feel no pain when you walk, jog, spring, or jump.
Here’s to your health and to patience!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR