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How to Treat a Groin Strain

author image Aaron Matthew
A health and fitness writer since 2008, Aaron Matthew specializes in writing about health, fitness and mental performance topics for various websites including LIVESTRONG. He holds a Master of Arts degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University.
How to Treat a Groin Strain
Mild groin strains can make running uncomfortable.

Groin strains can refer to a number of types of injuries in one or more of a multitude of muscles on the inside of your upper leg or front of your hip. Sports Injury Bulletin explains that many of these muscles are responsible for hip adduction--moving your leg toward your body's center line. Your groin muscles also help stabilize your hips during athletic movement. Each groin strain is different and you should consult a sports medicine specialist if your injury causes significant pain or does not improve with rest. For mild groin strains, follow a few basic treatment steps.

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Step 1

Stop exercising as soon as you notice discomfort to minimize the damage to your injured muscle.

Step 2

Ice the painful area with an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

Wrap a fabric bandage around the injured area to compress the area and reduce swelling.

Step 4

Elevate your leg above your heart to help keep inflammation to a minimum.

Step 5

Refrain from athletic-related activities for as long as the area is painful.

Step 6

Exercise easily once you no longer have pain in the injured area.

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