Treatment for a Pulled Groin Muscle

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A pulled groin muscle should be treated immediately with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Discover exercises for treating pulled muscles with help from a physical therapist in this free video on sports medicine and pulled groin muscles.

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Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to tell you how to treat a pulled groin muscle. Now there are a lot of different reasons why you might have pulled your groin muscle. What you immediately want to do is apply an ice pack to the area, a minimum of ten minutes, a maximum of 20 minutes and you can do that a few times a day. You might also want to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory as directed on the bottle. You also want to take it easy and rest and not do any strenuous activity to aggravate your pain. Once the pain has subsided and is not so acute any more, you can start to do some gentle stretching to the groin area. I like to do a butterfly stretch or in yoga this is also called Cobbler's Pose. Now Shonte, to stretch the groin muscle you're going to pull the soles of your feet together, good, sit up really nice and tall and if that's enough of a stretch for you then you just stay right there. If you want to, you can start to lean forward a little bit just to get a little more stretch on the inner thigh and for even more aggressive stretch you can use your elbows to help press your knees down towards the floor, good. Now if this causes you any increase in your pain I want you to stop, consult a skilled physical therapist so they can help you do the stretch appropriately. I'm Tara and this is how to treat a pulled groin muscle.


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