Groin pain

Groin pain is often caused by sporting injuries, although it can be a sign of a hernia or hip problems


Groin pains and strains are usually the result of sporting injuries or general wear and tear. In other cases, they could be a sign of something else, like a hip or hernia problem. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort, it's important to get it checked out. At HCA UK, we can diagnose the problem and help with the pain.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of groin pain icon plus

    - a sudden, sharp pain in the inner high or groin area; this may become a dull ache - bruising, swelling and tenderness in the groin area - increased pain when you cough or sneeze
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Groin pains and strains are often the result of twisting, side-stepping or overstretching during sport. It is often a sign that there may be a problem with a hip joint or an overload of soft tissues and their attachments at the pelvis e.g. osteitis pubis (sometimes called pubic overload, adductor tendon and iliopsoas tendon problems). Occasionally it may be due to a hernia or issues with the lumbar spine. Your consultant may carry out a number of tests to get to the root of the problem. These may include an MRI scan, X-ray and ultrasound of your groin and pubic areas.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Depending on the diagnosis, your orthopaedic consultant may recommend physiotherapy, an ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection or (very occasionally) a surgical procedure.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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