Groin injury

A groin injury is the common term for a muscle strain of the adductor muscles. The injury is associated with pain or tenderness along the inner side of the thigh or in the groin area.

There are five adductor muscles and their purpose is to help maintain balance. These muscles are commonly injured in sports that involve sudden changes in direction and there are two that most commonly get injured:

  • The adductor magnus (the muscle running down the inner side of the thigh)
  • The sartorius (a thinner muscle that starts on the outside of the hip, crosses the thigh, and ends near the inside of the knee)

It is important that any pain in the groin area is thoroughly investigated to establish the cause, because not all pain in this region is a result of muscle strain. Possible other causes include lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, hip joint and nerve conditions


SportsMed TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of groin strain your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the physical therapy product we suggest to aid recovery of an groin strain.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with adductor muscle strengthening.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing
    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
  • EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
    • Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)

Everyone recovers from injury at a different rate. In general, the longer that you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take you to get better.


Pad placement - groin strain

There are two groups of hip adductor muscles: the short adductors go from the pelvis to the thigh bone and the long adductors go from the pelvis to the knee.

One electrode is placed deep in the groin, where the abdomen creases into the leg, and on the inside of the leg.

The second electrode is placed either at the top of the thigh muscle, or half way down the upper leg, well above the knee, but still on the inside of the leg.

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SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required


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