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Inguinal Pain

Inguinal or groin pain is discomfort that happens in the groin area, usually in the lower portion of the anterior abdominal wall and upper thigh or hips. The etiology of inguinal pain is known to occur from tendon, muscle or ligament strains. Athletes who are involved in sports are most likely to experience inguinal pain due to the involvement in repetitive kicking, twisting, or turning at high speeds. It is important to treat the injury and pain before it gets worse from any sport or activity. Also, if a patient undergoes surgery, post-operative pain in the inguinal region may be accompanied by swelling and redness

Moreover, there are medical conditions that can cause inguinal pain. These include:

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Bursitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Epididymitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Varicocele
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Orchitis
  • Bone injury
  • Testicular torsion or cancer
  • Hip issues
  • Kidney stones or infection

Treatment for Inguinal pain

It is crucial to establish accurate diagnosis through medical history and physical examinations, whether it is an acute injury or chronic symptoms of a serious medical condition.  Your doctor could rule out medical conditions through a physical exam or may use diagnostic imaging tests such as x-ray and ultrasound to obtain accurate diagnosis. The treatment for Inguinal pain will depend upon the findings and cause. Often, doctors treat inguinal pain with medications. Surgery may be required to treat serious medical conditions, such as inguinal hernia, which can be the cause of inguinal pain.


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For more details on how to relieve or treat chronic pain, you can reach out to one of our pain specialists at any of our pain care clinic locations. We establish a caring relationship and provide patients with pain relief when needed the most.