Groin Injury Management
Five mistakes people make in treating their own groin injury:
Stretching: Stretching the adductor muscles may indeed cause the groin pain to worsen due to the unique anatomy of the groin region. There are cases where groin stretching is appropriate however it must be based on the particular injury an individual has sustained.
Strengthening the wrong abdominals: Abdominal strength is indeed important for the rehabilitation of many types of groin pain but performing standard abdominals can actually cause the important muscles to underperform. Abdominal strengthening is a skill that needs to be taught by an experienced practitioner to ensure recovery.
Rest between seasons: A common occurrence at our clinic is seeing players debilitated by a groin pain in the March following a groin injury in the previous year. The player limps through the last part of the season and expects that rest over Christmas will result in recovery. By its nature, groin pain usually does not get better with rest. This is because most groin pain results from muscle imbalance that does not resolve with rest. Instead, it requires specific training.
Cessation of prescribed exercises: A number of different types of groin pain will recur after return to activity. It is important that an appropriate maintenance program of exercise is sustained. At Mill Park Physiotherapy, your physiotherapist will provide you will provide you with management strategies and prescribe exercises for you to perform should your pain return.
A belief that surgery will substitute for rehab: The right surgery will have an impact on groin pain but not without the appropriate rehabilitation, particularly for return to sport. Further to this, progressive loading specific to your condition is essential following a period of groin pain as the general condition of the body region has deteriorated during this time. A successful sustainable recovery requires appropriate rehabilitation.
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