Post by sfsoccerplayer on Mar 6, 2013 15:49:37 GMT -6
I'm a 39-year-old male. A few months ago I pulled my groin playing soccer. I stayed off it until it seemed to have gone away (I could sprint with no pain and had full range of motion), but after playing a few weeks ago it seemed to have returned, although not with anywhere near the intensity of the first time. I can jog now, and lift legs with no pain, but when I run I have something like a tugging feeling in my extreme lower abdomen (in central pelvis area about five inches below the belly button.) I can't tell what it is. I assume it's related to the pulled groin, but of course, the pain isn't in the groin or even in the hip and it's not so much pain as discomfort/muscle tightness. I'd be curios if anyone has any thoughts on what it is and if it's okay for me to go back to playing soccer.
Post by Ricardo Colberg, M.D. on Mar 13, 2013 16:45:53 GMT -6
It seems like the acute inflammatory phase resolved but you did not complete a formal rehabiliation program. These injuries usually occur due to muscle imbalance between your hip abductors (open your leg out) and adductor (pull your legs together) muscles as well as between the hamstring and quadriceps muscles. My recommendation is that you find a good physical therapist and work with getting your full range of motion back followed by appropriately strengthening your legs with both static and dynamic exercises. My concern is that your description suggests that your groin muscles may be involuntarily guarding the area and, if you push it, you may end up with a severe injury. Hope this helps!
Problem with groin injuries is that it's difficult to work out where the problem has originated because it tends to show up as pain in a number of areas. I would suggest you to visit a medical professional asap.