After a minor groin injury, it is important to return to your normal
activity level gradually to avoid reinjury. It may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer
for a groin injury to heal. Gentle exercises can be started after the pain and
other symptoms start to go away.
Stretching exercises begin with range-of-motion exercises. These are
controlled stretches that prevent stiffness and tendon shortening. Gently bend,
straighten, and rotate your leg and hip. If you have increasing pain, slow down
or stop the exercises.
You may do strengthening exercises with light weights, such as ankle
weights, after the pain has decreased and your flexibility has improved.
Non–weight-bearing activities, such as swimming or cycling, may be
helpful depending on the seriousness of your injury. A sports medicine health
professional or trainer can advise you about fitness activities.
March 1, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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