A Pain in the Groin: Types of Groin Injuries and When to Seek Treatment

A Pain in the Groin: Types of Groin Injuries and When to Seek Treatment

The term “groin” refers to all the tissues surrounding your lower back. They include the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels that make up your lower spine. Your lower back is made up of two bones called vertebrae. These are connected by discs that cushion the impact of falls and protect them from breaking.

Your lower back contains many nerve endings that send messages to your brain, which then sends signals to various organs such as your heart, lungs and kidneys. If these vital organs aren’t working properly, you could suffer a heart attack or stroke.

In addition to the nerves that control your breathing, digestion and bowel movements, there are other nerves that control muscle movement. If they’re not functioning properly, you may experience weakness or numbness in one or more areas of your body.

If any of these conditions occur frequently enough, they can lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain is often accompanied by fatigue and sleep problems. You might feel like you have no energy at all. As a result, you’ll become less and less active. Instead of brisk walking or playing with your children, you’ll find it more comfortable to sit on the couch or lay in bed.

Groin pain is especially common in women who are very active. It used to be thought that women’s running style caused the pain. While running style can certainly create the condition, research has shown that groin injuries are more common among men.

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