Pulled Groin Muscle Symptoms


A pulled groin muscle is never a pleasant experience. It can hamper or completely halt the performance of an athlete or sideline the average citizen from doing some of life’s most basic tasks. The groin muscles are a cluster of muscles on the inner thigh that aid in closing the legs. Here are some telltale symptoms of a groin pull.

Injured athlete.
Injured athlete. (Image: saintho/iStock/Getty Images)


Groin pulls are typically categorized into three “grades” with grade one being the least severe and grade three being the most severe.

Woman with injury.
Woman with injury. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


In the event of a serious groin pull, the sufferer actually may hear an audible snapping or popping sound when the injury occurs. This sound is often followed by intense pain in the inner thigh.

Massaging inner thigh injury.
Massaging inner thigh injury. (Image: velllena/iStock/Getty Images)

Mild Pulls

In the event that you only suffer a mild groin pull (Grade One), the symptoms will normally be quite bearable. There will be some mild soreness at the site of the injury during activities, such as walking or running, that involve the muscle.

Running can cause a groin pull.
Running can cause a groin pull. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Moderate Pulls

In a Grade Two groin pull, the pain will be more intense and may inhibit the sufferer from partaking in some activities. In a Grade Two pull, there may also be some slight bruising or swelling at the sight of the injury.

Bruise on leg.
Bruise on leg. (Image: fatchoi/iStock/Getty Images)

Severe Pulls

A Grade Three groin pull will involve intense pain coupled with noticeable swelling and bruising. A Grade Three pull often is actually a complete tear of the groin muscle, in which case the sufferer will completely lose function of the muscle and may require a surgical repair to regain function.

Surgery is sometimes needed to regain function.
Surgery is sometimes needed to regain function. (Image: Jochen Sands/Digital Vision/Getty Images)


Mild and moderate groin pulls will often heal on their own; some ice and pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease the pain at the onset and help as the injury heals. Surgery is often a last resort and only recommended if absolutely necessary.

An ice pack helps heal injuries.
An ice pack helps heal injuries. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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