Groin Injury Treatments
It is important to treat groin injuries as soon as possible, as any activity or strain you put on your groin muscles can re-injure it further. Though the pain, discomfort, and inconvenience of an groin injury can be overwhelming, it is possible to overcome it.
What can you do?
Resting you injury when it comes to the groin injury is key. Strains or groin pulls are small tiny tears in the muscle tissue. Avoid activities that cause pain or may have caused the injury.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
To decrease inflammation of your muscle pull when the strain first occurs doctor's recommend cold compression therapy. For an acute strain, cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours and after any restrain is important to limit the amount of damage done to your tissue. Cold compression therapy will relieve pain and swelling as needed and will reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs and pain medications.
The Leg/Arm Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need to treat your groin pain in an effective and convenient way. It is so versatile it can be worn anywhere on your body, wherever you need treatment.
Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through your muscle and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tissue, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your muscle strain faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Freezie Wrap® slows cell metabolism thereby reducing cellular break-down and tissue damage. Furthermore, because the cold wraps gently numb the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain!
The Freezie Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn.
Stretching and strengthening
Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break-up scar tissue that's forming in your tendons and ligaments in you groin. Regular movement can increase healthy range of motion (ROM) of your hip and groin, guaranteeing you a speedier recovery process and return to regular activities. Moving when you're injured is hard. Since moving while injured can be painful most people think it's better to stop moving, rest their leg and hope that their groin injury will heal all on its' own. Even though rest is important to recovery, too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in you groin muscles.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons and ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal a tears in the soft tissue. Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tear, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tendon/ligament tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your groin injury including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your muscles that stiffens your leg and hip reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your groin injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities with a mound of scar tissue on your muscle, tendons and liagments you will have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an groin injury with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure to the tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your groin without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue. Your ability to move your leg and hip in a normal way will be impaired.
Depending on the grade of your strain/groin pull you many need a 'Hands-on' physical therapy with treatment of exercise-related groin stretching program. With manual movement of the area by the therapist. Stretching and strengthening of the abdominal and hip muscles will improve core stability are key to avoid re-injury of your goin muscles. Correct exercise you should be doing as part of your recovery. For more in stretching.
Happily, a groin pull will usually heal on its own. You just need to give it some time and rest. Swelling and inflammation is your body responding to an injury. A lot of pain will probably disappear as the swelling disappears, and many people make the wrong assumption that their groin muscles or other soft tissue injury must be healing as most of the pain is gone. Once you have reduced the swelling with cold compression, your injury is still there.
This is a critical time! When the inflammation is gone it may feel like you can return to your regular sports, hobbies, exercise or other activities - but your groin muscles are in a weakened state, unstable, and still injured. Even the slightest movement or twist in the wrong direction can worsen the injury and increase the swelling yet again. Most "weekend warriors" and amateur athletes will start going back to what they were doing before they injured their achilles. This is where most people get it wrong. Professional athletes recover quickly because they use the guidance of a trainer, to know injury is still there if even the pain is gone. Building strong healthy tissue is part of the healing process needs to be dealt with first. Typical groin injuries take 4 to 6 weeks of recovery. Acute injuries may take twice as long, in some cases linger for years, if your body is developing a build of scar tissue as it heals.
Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Faster Healing = Leg/Arm Inferno Wraps®
There are healing tools that can help treat your groin strain and speed up the healing process so you can reduce your pain and get back to daily life. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) will promote blood flow to heal your injury faster and more completely than any other methods available. Your body can heal itself! In fact, your body started healing itself the moment you injured your strained/pulled your groin and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen.
Your blood is the transport mechanism for everything that is good inside you. It carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
After severe inflammation and swelling is reduced you can begin to treat your groin with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®). BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your muscle fibers to nourish your soft tissue which speeds healing.
When you rest your leg and stop moving around because it hurts your groin, the natural blood flow to your muscles is reduced, limiting your body's ability to heal itself.
By treating your groin with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the muscle fibers and increase your body's natural healing power.
The Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore groin because not only does it speed healing, it relaxes all your muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing and loosen the tissue. Our Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from your groin pull, further reducing tightness and pain. When you stop moving your leg due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration). By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscle and other tissue, the risk of atrophy is greatly reduced. Keeping your groin muscle tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve leg and hip strength again once your pain has gone and your strain has healed.
With these easy therapies, cold compression and BFST®, you will notice significantly reduced pain and an incredible improvement in your groin pain.
During your recovery, you may have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your groin and leg until your pain and inflammation settle. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!