Groin

Pain or discomfort that occurs in the region where the inner, upper thigh and lower abdomen meet.

  • Groin discomfort
  • Groin pain

Common causes

Groin pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Muscle, tendon or ligament strain particularly while playing outdoor sports
  • Poor running technique
  • Bone injury or fracture
  • Coughing
  • Heavy lifting

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Use ice pack on the sore area
  • Stop any activity that puts strain on the groin area
  • Rest for a day or two
  • Try an over- the- counter pain reliever like ibuprofen
  • Do not lift heavy objects

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • Groin pain does not improve with home treatment within a few days
  • Mild testicle pain occurs longer than a few days
  • A lump or swelling in or around a testicle

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Intensity of pain keeps increasing
  • Tender bump just above the groin crease that does not flatten when you lie down or press on it
  • Overall abdominal swelling or pain
  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or above lasting for 24 to 48 hours
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Pain that moves to the lower right abdomen, just below the waistline, or spreads to the back
  • Sudden, severe testicle pain

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