Groin and pelvic conditions are often expressed as discomfort or pain where the abdomen ends and the pelvic area or legs begin. It can be caused by a multitude of underlying issues including Inguinal Hernia, Femoral Hernia, Obturator Hernia, nerve entrapments, Aponeurotic Plate inflammation or injury, Adductor Tendonopathy, as well as hip, Urologic, and Gynecologic conditions. If you are experiencing one of these conditions, it’s best to talk with a groin and pelvic pain expert. Keep reading to know when you should see a doctor, how you can alleviate pain at home, and ways of prevention.
When to See a Doctor For Groin & Pelvic Pain
Due to the many different causes of groin and pelvic pain, it’s best to see a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. When do you know it’s time to see a doctor? If your groin and pelvic pain persist, become more severe, or if you experience a fever, you will want to try to see your doctor right away. Dr. Iraci at the Groin & Pelvic Pain Institute is focused on the care and treatment options of his patients. If you are experiencing severe or persistent groin and pelvic pain, book a video consultation with Dr. Iraci. During your video consultation, you will discuss symptoms you are experiencing, groin or pelvic conditions, and treatment options available.
3 Ways You Can Relieve Groin & Pelvic Pain at Home
Stretching your groin will alleviate pain by reducing tension within the muscles. Here are some of the best groin stretches you can do to alleviate pain:
Butterfly stretch: sit comfortably on a yoga mat, bend your knees, and put the bottom of your feet together. You will feel the stretch in your inner thigh and groin region.
Half cossick squat: while standing, bend one knee into a side lunge, stretching your groin and pelvic area.
Sumo squat: while standing, place your feet wider than shoulder width and your toes slightly pointed out. Squat to feel the stretch in your groin and pelvic area.
Ice & Heat
Icing your groin or pelvic area initially when you begin to feel pain can help reduce pain and minimize swelling. 10 minutes of ice and 20 minutes off, 3 times, will help reduce inflammation and pain. Too much icing has been shown to slow blood flow and prolong recovery times. You should apply heat, roughly an hour later. The heat combined with stretching can alleviate damaged muscles and increase blood flow to speed up recovery.
Pain medicines like Ibuprofen or Tylenol can reduce swelling and fever while providing short-term relief from pain. It’s important to note when you have groin and pelvic pain how severe the pain is so you can contact an expert if it becomes worse.
Pelvic & Groin Pain Prevention
Strengthening your leg muscles, as well as the muscles in your inner thighs, abdomen, and hips can help prevent further groin and pelvic pain injuries. These areas are often overlooked or more difficult to target when performing strength training exercises. Some recommended exercises include stationary bicycles, walking on the treadmill, planks (including side planks), and Bulgarian split squats, along with the groin and pelvic pain recommended stretches above. Lifting correctly and getting plenty of fiber in your diet is also important to preventing pain in that area.