What a Pain: Unlocking the Secret to a Pain-Free Groin


Groin pain is discomfort that happens in the area where the inside of your upper thigh and your abdomen come together.  Groin pain can be more than a mere annoyance; it can be a significant barrier to enjoying everyday activities and sports. On the rare occasion, it can be something more serious.   Assessment from a Physiotherapist may assist with identifying the likely causes of groin pain.

Understanding Groin Pain

Understanding groin pain begins with recognising its potential causes, ranging from acute injuries in athletes to chronic conditions such as arthritis. It’s a pain that can be sharp or dull, constant, or intermittent.  Whilst most conditions causing groin pain are manageable, it is important to talk to a GP if there is a change in the nature, intensity, or frequency of the pain, if the pain radiates to the back or abdomen, or if there is urine in blood or any swelling in the area. 

Most common causes of Groin pain

  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament strains – these are often caused by sudden forces such as playing football, sudden bursts of activity without stretching or warm up, or after a loss of balance or fall.
  • Hip or pelvis  – pain or fracture – hip conditions.
  • Conditions affecting the scrotum or testicles, inflammation of the prostate.
  • Kidney stones
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Sciatica
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Gastrointestinal causes such as appendicitis or diverticulitis
  • Gynae conditions such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or ectopic pregnancy
  • Groin pain after surgery e.g. hip surgery or hernia repairs

The physiotherapy assessment will include taking a detailed history including progression of the symptoms and any triggers for the pain.  A physical examination will follow which will include but is not limited to a gait analysis, and analysis of joint ranges and muscle strength.  Palpation of the area may be required to identify if soft tissue or bone is involved.  Occasionally the history will make it clear that the problem is more likely medical, in which case you may be referred to your GP for further assessment. 

The Role of Physiotherapy in Conquering Groin Pain

When medical causes have been excluded, the Physiotherapist will concentrate on the likely musculoskeletal causes of the discomfort.  Physiotherapy offers a multi-faceted approach to tackling groin pain which will include targeted exercises, manual therapies, and education on movement patterns.  Physiotherapy aims to alleviate pain and address its root causes.

Personalised Therapies for Lasting Relief

A personalised physiotherapy program might include strengthening weak muscles, improving flexibility, and stabilising the hips and pelvis to prevent future pain episodes.

Tips for Self-Managed Care

While professional guidance is critical, there are strategies to manage groin pain at home. To prevent discomfort, gentle stretching, heat application, and avoiding aggravating activities can be part of a daily regimen.

Finding Professional Help

Home Physio Group has specialist physiotherapists skilled in managing musculoskeletal pain, including groin discomfort.


Groin pain can be very uncomfortable, embarrassing or in some instances need more urgent medical support.  The Physiotherapist will be able to identify any musculoskeletal issues though their specialist assessment and advise you on the next steps that need to be taken. 

Take the first step towards a pain-free life by consulting with a physiotherapist and contacting us at 0330 335 1016, or please fill out our contact sheet, and we will get back to you quickly so that you can start a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you