What is the treatment for groin pain?
The treatment for groin pain depends on what’s causing the pain. Mild groin pain can be treated at home with simple measures such as applying ice packs for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day. Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen can help relieve the discomfort and pain. Temporarily discontinue athletic activities. You need rest to heal any strains or sprains to your groin.
If the pain persists even after following home care for three days, the doctor may order certain tests to identify the cause. They will prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications in a pill form or as injectable. If the groin pain is severe, there may be serious conditions such as a hip fracture for which surgery is required. Testicular torsion is an emergency condition for which emergency surgery is needed. An inguinal hernia will also need to be operated on.
If a sprain is the cause of the groin pain, the doctor will refer you to a physical therapist. The physical therapist guides and assists you in performing exercises that help improve mobility of the groin area and help relieve groin pain.