Physiotherapy is a very effective treatment for groin strains. A physical therapist will be able to assess the severity of your injury and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. This may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). This is the standard treatment for acute injuries and can help to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises. Once the initial inflammation has subsided, your physical therapist will help you to gradually start stretching and strengthening the muscles in your groin. This will help to improve your range of motion and reduce your risk of re-injury.
- Electrotherapy. Electrotherapy can be used to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms.
- Joint mobilization. Joint mobilization is a technique that can be used to improve the range of motion of your joints.
- Functional training. Once you have recovered from your injury, your physical therapist may help you to develop a functional training program to help you return to your previous level of activity.
The length of time it takes to recover from a groin strain will vary depending on the severity of your injury. However, with proper physiotherapy treatment, most people can make a full recovery within a few weeks to months.
Here are some additional tips for recovering from a groin strain:
- Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard too soon. If you experience pain, stop the activity and rest.
- Wear supportive clothing. Wearing supportive clothing, such as a groin strap, can help to reduce pain and reduce the risk of re-injury.
- Stay active. Even if you’re not able to participate in your usual activities, it’s important to stay active by doing low-impact exercises, such as walking or swimming.
- Get enough rest. Getting enough rest will help your body to heal.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal.
If you have a groin strain, it’s important to see our physical therapist to get a diagnosis and discuss the best treatment plan for you. With proper treatment, most people can make a full recovery from a groin strain within a few weeks to months.