A quick guide to groin injury UK symptoms and treatment
Here is our quick guide to groin injury UK symptoms and typical treatment. Please note that this is only a brief guide and that if you are suffering from severe or long lasting pain, you should seek medical attention.
Groin injury in the UK – any different to elsewhere?
When it comes to the crunch, no. A groin injury UK will show the same symptoms as anywhere else. But the treatment regimes in the UK will differ slightly to other countries.
Causes of groin injury
You groin has a large band of strong muscles stretching from the inside of your pelvis to the inside of your thigh. In a groin injury, these muscles are stretched further than they are able to withstand. This causes some of the muscles to tear, although the main muscles are likely to only receive a strain.
The most common cause of groin injury is sporting accidents. The groin muscles are used extensively in some sports, for example sprinting, football and swimming. A sporting injury must receive careful treatment if the athlete wishes to resume their sport in full health. Groin injuries can also be caused by a slip, trip or fall that overstretches the groin area.
Symptoms of groin injury
The symptoms of a groin injury are pretty consistent, including in almost all cases pain in the upper thigh and difficulty walking. Occasionally, the symptoms of a groin hernia can be mistaken for a groin strain, so it is important to seek medical advice.
Treatment of groin injury in the UK
The treatment of a groin injury UK wide tends to involve a non surgical regime. in other words, it is unusual to have an operation as a result of a groin injury in the UK. Treatment tends to include a carefully planned timetable of rest, stretching exercises and use of heat and ice. Your doctor may advise you as follows:
- Rest – the main aspect of recovering from a groin injury is rest. Your groin muscles have been stretched and strained and the best way for them to recover is to rest. Unfortunately, a groin strain can take up to 6 weeks to heal. While you don’t need to be completely off you feet for a full six weeks, depending on the advice of your doctor, you may have reduced mobility and activity for a significant period of time.
- Stretching exercises – if you don’t use a muscle, it becomes less flexible. Your doctor is likely to give you instructions on suitable exercises for your groin muscles to help with the healing process.
- Ice and Heat – many doctors will recommend the use of ice and heat to prepare your muscles for exercise and then to prevent injury after exercise.
Remember that any significant symptoms should be reported to your doctor and the advice given to you by a doctor should be carefully followed to make your recovery as short and as complete as possible.
You may be able to claim compensation if your groin injury was someone else’s fault.
You can find out whether you have a valid claim by taking the unique 30 second online test at Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Alternatively, you can talk to the friendly and professional staff who mans AAH’s helpline on freephone number 0800 689 0500 – or from your mobile 0333 500 0993 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: 12th August 2013
Author: Emma Matthews