Groin pain can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment for many people. It can occur due to various reasons, including muscle strain, hernia, or a groin pull. As for any such muscle pain, most patients will be prescribed typical painkillers, whether over-the-counter or prescription. If those options don’t typically work as well for you, or if you’re looking for options other than medication, fortunately, there are non-prescription remedies available that can help alleviate groin pain. Here are a few options to explore with the help of your doctor.
Ice packs are an effective way to reduce inflammation and pain in the groin area. Applying an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day, can help to reduce swelling and relieve pain. It is essential to avoid direct contact between the ice pack and the skin to prevent frostbite. You can make an ice back with a Ziploc and ice, or purchase refreezable gel packs to do the trick.
Wearing compression garments, such as compression shorts, can help to support the groin muscles and reduce pain. Compression garments work by applying gentle pressure to the affected area, promoting blood flow, and reducing inflammation. You should be sure to get any such garments in a size that will not cause discomfort or excess compression, as wearing something that is too tight, and tight in the wrong areas, will cause further difficulties beyond healing from your groin injury.
The hardest solution for some of us to actually follow, resting the affected area is crucial for recovery. Avoid activities that aggravate the pain and take a break from sports or exercise. Resting allows the affected area to heal and prevents further damage. As with any such injury, discuss with your doctor how much or how little movement your injury can handle so that you avoid having to ice due to additional injury. You will eventually be able to slowly work your way up to something resembling your normal routine, but with a groin injury you must be patient to allow the healing process to happen.
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Performing stretching and strengthening exercises can help to prevent groin injuries and reduce pain. Stretching exercises can help to increase flexibility, while strengthening exercises can help to build muscle strength in the affected area. It is important to speak with a healthcare professional or a physical therapist to ensure that the exercises are appropriate for your specific condition, and that you are at the stage in healing where any type of exercises will actually help, rather than hurt you.
It is important to remember that if the pain persists or worsens, it is essential to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional at the Maryland Pain & Wellness Center can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment, including these and other non-prescription options, usually in conjunction with typical medications. If the pain is severe, accompanied by fever or swelling, or if you experience difficulty urinating, seek medical attention immediately.