Sporting Hip and Groin Injuries

Sporting hip and groin is an umbrella term used to describe injury to the hip/groin. It is commonly  associated with sports involving repetitive twisting, kicking and turning movements such as football, running, rugby, basketball and tennis.

People who are at risk of this condition usually present with muscle imbalance, core weakness, ligamentous injury or a history of previous hip/groin injury. Also a dramatic change in training techniques and intensity can increase an athlete’s chance of developing this condition. The variety of structures and potential causes of pain can make differential diagnosis a challenge for the clinician.

Signs and symptoms

Due to the nature of this condition signs and symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the structures that are affected. You should however consider seeing a physiotherapist if you begin to get any of the following symptoms:

  • Clicking or ‘catching’ of the hip
  • Pain with hip flexion
  • Pain or burning on the outside of the hip
  • Dull aching in the buttock area
  • Pulling in the groin or inner thigh area
  • Deep aching in the groin on one side
  • Pain with sit ups

How physiotherapy can help

Physiotherapists are usually the first point of contact for patients suffering from this condition and the symptoms associated with it. Accurate diagnosis of hip and groin injuries, correct treatment and rehabilitation, and/or referral if necessary, avoids long periods of inappropriate treatment.

Physiotherapy treatment for this condition is based on an accurate diagnosis to whether conservative treatment is going to be beneficial or if further investigation is warranted.

A graded approach to your chosen sport/activity is preferred to prevent this condition. A regular review and check of your footwear is recommended especially if you are about to increase your intensity of mileage in training.

Good nutrition and hydration is needed to maintain supple and flexible joints.