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Physical Therapy for Groin Strain

Physical therapy can help you with your groin strain symptoms. In addition, physical therapy can help you get back to your original activities or sports. Groin strain is an injury to any of the muscles comprising the adductor muscles. The condition is also called adductor strain or groin pull.

Your groin strain rehabilitation program will likely include exercises along with other physical therapy treatments.

Groin Strain Physical Therapy: Your First Visit

During your first visit to your physical therapist for your groin strain, your therapist will likely ask about your activity that led to your injury. If you have had groin injury in the past, you should also tell that to your PT. Your physical therapist will also conduct a thorough examination and evaluation of your injured limb to find out other problems associated with your injury.

After your physical therapy evaluation, your physical therapist will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan for you, based on your specific problems and your stated goals. Most often, you will be actively participating during this process.

Your therapist may decide to provide you with initial treatments or will let you come back at a scheduled date. But if you have a recent (acute) injury, your PT will likely be applying ice to help relieve your pain and swelling. He or she will also be educating you about groin strain, including precautions that you should observe and self-care of your symptoms.

Physical Therapy for Groin Strain – Treatment Options

There is no “packaged deal” treatment for groin strain. The type of physical therapy treatment that you will receive will be based on your specific problems and goals. A treatment plan provided for another person with groin strain may not be equally effective for you. Only your personal physical therapist can help you decide on what specific physical therapy treatments are best for you.

Your physical therapy rehabilitation may be composed of a combination of any of the following
  • Suggest modified rest
  • Ice pack application / Ice massage
  • Hot moist pack (HMP) / Heat
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound (US)
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Gradual range of motion exercises
  • Flexibility / Stretching exercises
  • Progressive strengthening exercises
  • Suggest use of crutches or other walking aid, if necessary
  • Walking aid training
  • Patient education
    • About groin strain / adductor strain
    • Precautions to observe
    • Self-care of symptoms
    • Activity modification
    • Injury prevention
  • Iontophoresis / Phonophoresis
  • Recommend work or sports-specific rehabilitation program

The physical therapy treatment options for groin strain enumerated above will not be provided to you during your first visit. Your physical therapist will be able to determine the appropriate treatment intervention for you based on the phase of your healing / rehabilitation. Do not hesitate to ask your physical therapist about the treatments being provided for you. He or she will gladly answer your questions.

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