Groin Strain (Adductor Strain)

A groin pull/strain refers to strained muscles on the upper inner part of the thigh. This usually occurs in muscles during exercise or participation in sports events. It is more likely to occur when your muscles are not warmed up well enough or if you are not properly conditioned. A pulled muscle, or muscle strain, occurs when a muscle is over stretched and some muscle fibers are torn. This is especially common in athletes where a sudden violent force placed on a muscle pushes it past its ability to respond. Usually, recovery from a pulled muscle takes 1 to 2 weeks, but complete healing will take 5 to 6 weeks.


  • Apply ice to the sore muscle for 15 to 20 minutes every 2-3 hours for the first 2 days. Put ice in a plastic bag and place a towel between the bag of ice and your skin.

  • Do not strain the pulled muscle for as long as it is still painful.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not use aspirin as this may increase bleeding (bruising) at injury site.

  • Warming up before exercise and developing proper conditioning helps prevent muscle strains.


  • There is increased pain or swelling in the affected area.

  • You are not improving or are getting worse.