Groin Problems and Injuries (cont.)
Check Your Symptoms
Home treatment measures can help relieve pain, swelling, and bruising and promote healing after a groin injury. These home treatment measures also may be helpful for noninjury problems. But if you think you may have a more severe injury, use first aid measures while you arrange to be checked by your doctor.
- Rest. Rest and protect an injured or sore groin area for 1 to 2 weeks. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness. Do not do intense activities while you still have pain. A pulled muscle (strain) in the groin can take several weeks to heal.
- Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Apply a ice or cold pack immediately to reduce swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. A bag of frozen peas or corn may work as a cold pack. Protect your skin from frostbite by placing a cloth between the ice and your skin. After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply warmth to the area that hurts.
- Support. While recovering from a groin injury, wear jockey shorts, not boxers, to help support the injured area.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try an over-the-counter medicine to help treat your pain:|
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
| Be sure to follow these safety tips when you use an over-the-counter medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose.
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
- If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
- If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before you take any medicine.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
It may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer for a minor groin injury to heal. Stretching and strengthening exercises will help you gradually return to your normal activities.
Home treatment measures may also be helpful for:
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- Signs of infection develop, such as fever, swelling, redness, or pus.
- Swelling develops in the scrotum or the lymph nodes in the groin.
- Swelling that is known to be a hernia suddenly becomes very painful.
- A rash gets worse or has not improved.
- Groin pain has not improved.
- A limp or trouble walking develops or becomes worse.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.