Groin Injuries Symptoms & Causes

Groin injuries can arise from various factors, including muscle strains, tears, hernias, and overuse in sports or repetitive activities.

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Groin Pain Causes

Groin issues often originate from sports-related activities or as a secondary consequence of medical conditions or surgeries. Let's take a closer look.

Athletic or Movement-Related Injuries

Common sports-related causes include:

  • Athletic Pubalgia:

Often called a sports hernia, this involves strain or tear in the muscles or tendons in the groin area.

  • Avulsion Fractures:

Occur when a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone

  • Femoral Neck Stress Fracture:

A hairline crack in the femoral neck, typically due to overuse or repetitive force

  • Groin Strain:

Stretching or tearing of muscles in the groin area

  • Osteitis Pubis:

Inflammation of the pubic symphysis, common in sports involving repetitive kicking or pivoting

  • Pelvic Fractures:

Breaks in the bones of the pelvis, frequently resulting from high-energy impacts

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Hernias are a significant cause of groin pain, particularly:

Inguinal Hernia

Forms when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles.

Femoral Hernia

The protrusion of tissue into the canal carrying the femoral artery into the thigh.


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Hip Conditions

Hip-related issues can also lead to groin pain, including:


Inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs near the hip joint.

Hip Fracture

Breaks in the upper part of the thigh bone.

Hip Labral Tear

Tear in the ring of cartilage that follows the outside rim of the hip joint socket.


Degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone.


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Nervous System Conditions

Conditions affecting the nervous system can manifest as groin pain

Herniated Disc

Occurs when a disc in the spine ruptures and irritates nearby nerves.

Nerve Compression Syndromes

Include those affecting the nerves in the lower spine.


A condition where a bone in the spine slips out of place.

Urological and Gynaecological Conditions

Several urological and gynaecological conditions can also lead to groin pain, such as:

  • Epididymitis and prostatitis in men

  • Ectopic pregnancy and endometriosis in women

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Groin pain can be a symptom of gastrointestinal issues like appendicitis or diverticulitis.


Causes of Secondary Groin Pain

Secondary groin pain often develops after surgeries like hernia repair or hip replacement. Post-surgical complications can lead to chronic pain.


Symptoms of Groin Injuries

One of the most common signs of a groin pull is feeling pain and tenderness right in the groin area and along the inside of your thigh. It's the kind of discomfort that becomes more noticeable when you try bringing your legs together or when you lift your knee.

Sometimes, at the moment of injury, you might feel a sudden pop or snap in the groin area, followed by a sharp pain.


Groin pain can vary quite a bit from one person to another. For some, it feels like a consistent pulling or aching sensation. You might find that this pain gets worse with certain movements or changes depending on whether you're sitting or lying down. It's not uncommon to wake up with intense pain in the morning or to notice the discomfort getting worse as the day goes on.


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