Groin and knee pain can happen to just about anybody. Athletes and physically active people are more likely to experience either groin or knee pain, or both, according to MayoClinic.com. The groin area, where the lower abdominal muscles connect with the legs, often is under trained and under stretched. Types of knee pain can vary with age. MayoClinic.com notes young people are more susceptible to Osgood-Schlatter disease and patellar tendinitis, while osteoarthritis and gout tend to cause knee pain in older people.
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Groin Pain Features
Groin pain usually occurs when a muscle is strained in the lower abdominal hip area. Tearing or pulling a muscle in the groin area can be very painful. Groin injuries can also lead to other injuries around the hip area if it is not properly cared for. Icing the area for 20 to 30 minutes two to four times a day can greatly decrease the recovery time, according to MayoClinic.com.
Knee Pain Features
The most common knee injuries are to the ligaments, tendons and bursae sacs. The ligaments, which connect bone to bone, are usually damaged by repeated or sudden trauma to your knee area. Some knee trauma symptoms include popping of the knee and pain when walking. The tendons are fibers that attach muscles to the bones, and these can be damaged without proper stretching and can cause swelling and the inability to straighten your knee. The bursae sacs cushion the joints in your knee and can become inflamed when damage is done to other parts of your knee.
Swelling occurs to some degree with pain to the knee or groin. The groin area might contain a lump around the testicle area if there is a sharp, sudden pain. You may also have a groin injury if you have a sharp pain that stretches from your abdominals to your testicle.
Knee injuries will cause you to have trouble bending your knee, have trouble walking, tenderness and redness in the knee joint area.
Stretch and do warm up exercises before starting any exercise program. Tendons and ligaments usually pull or tear when there is not enough blood flowing in the area or the muscles are not limber enough.
Work your leg muscles more so the muscles and tendons become stronger and less likely to tear. A light walk before doing a strenuous activity will greatly decrease your chances of muscles becoming tight in your knees and groin.
If pain in your groin or knees persists, consult a physician. If you experience a burning sensation, physical changes in the area or blood in your urine, call your doctor.
Call your doctor about your knee pain if you can't get the swelling to go down or have a hard time walking.