What are some treatments for groin pain

How to treat groin pain

The area between the abdomen, hips and thighs is called the groin. Although it is rarely talked about, complaints in this area are not uncommon. More than 200,000 surgeries are performed every year for inguinal hernias. This makes them one of the most common surgical interventions in Germany.

However, groin pain can also have other causes. In addition to an inguinal hernia, excessive strain in sports, hip problems or urinary stones can also lead to the problems. The diagnosis often proves to be complicated.

Exercising with abrupt movements increases the risk of hernias

Especially football players who run kicking and turning movements combined with powerful shooting of the ball often experience acute groin pain. It looks similar with rugby, football, ice and field hockey. But tennis players and marathon runners are also often affected. And even with simple jogging, a load on the hip joint with eight times your own body weight could be proven, so that complaints in the groin can also occur here.

The cause of groin pain is often unclear

"Despite the frequency of groin pain in athletes, there is still a great deal of diagnostic uncertainty," explains Dr. Andreas Koch, specialist in surgery and visceral surgery, Cottbus. "Clear differentiation is crucial in order to avoid unnecessary operations, prevent permanent damage and initiate targeted therapy."

According to the Society for Orthopedic-Traumatological Sports Medicine (GOTS), there is still no ideal therapy concept for the care of athletes' lasts. The therapy is mainly based on the "suspected" underlying cause. It ranges from rest and subsequent conservative training programs to sometimes complex operations.

Different methods of treatment

Tears, tears, inflammations and irritations are treated more conservatively, i.e. by avoiding the triggering stimulus and, if necessary, using anti-inflammatory drugs. Physiotherapy complements the treatment concept.

Various methods can be used for surgical therapy, depending on the suspected cause. Convalescence takes at least two to six weeks. Care and avoidance of heavy lifting are no longer recommended today. Experts agree that the pressure load of a cough or sneeze is significantly higher. The patient should therefore move as normally as possible after a successful operation.

According to the GOTS, a quick return to normal activity and resumption of sporting training is possible, especially after open seam procedures such as minimal repair. In the case of more complex surgical interventions such as the "anterior pelvic floor repair", a return to full training is often only realistic after 8 to 12 weeks.

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