Pull groin - Healing time and what to do

  • NHLFAN

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    Oct 09, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    I've always had nagging little issues with hips and groin when running and pulled a groin Sunday running a half marathon.

    Doctor confirmed yesterday the pull and gave me crutches to use for walking and anti inflammatory meds. Really I want some good pain meds, but will make do. icon_smile.gif

    How long does this injury take to heal? How long does the pain last where you can't put any pressure on the leg and have very limited mobility? The crutches help, but getting up and down is a real pain in the rear. Was told no exercise for 10 days, but think I won't even be able to walk without assistance in 10 days.

    Thanks!
  • chi_rock

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    Oct 10, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear of the injury. Had this one about 4 years ago. Expect several months to fully heal. Fortunately you should make slow but steady progress day-by-day. This one takes time for everyone, even professional athletes in their twenties.
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    Oct 10, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    4 months to heal.
  • NHLFAN

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Wow 4 months. I can't even think that long, but will give it however long it takes. I want to get back to the gym to do weight training ASAP.

    Learned a lesson not to run with this type of injury. Went to a doctor who said was okay to run and didn't think it would get any worse, well that did not happen.

    It will be a great day when I can ditch the crutches and get in and out of bed without much discomfort.
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    Oct 10, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    he didn't give you stronger pain medicine? or muscle relaxants?

    find a new doctor. and then physical therapy. that's all you can do to expedite healing.
  • NHLFAN

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    Oct 10, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    Velociraptor saidhe didn't give you stronger pain medicine? or muscle relaxants?

    find a new doctor. and then physical therapy. that's all you can do to expedite healing.


    I use tylenol #3 and a muscle relaxant already for a back injury. He said just continue taking those along with the new anti inflammatory. Never thought of PT, but will ask about that after I can walk without crutches. Getting up and down is the real killer or trying to put any weight on the leg. I have no idea how I ran 9.1 miles after it happened.

    Really disappointed the doctor (not the same one) gave the green light to run after saying it was a groin strain. Hit mile 4 and felt it go and instant pain. Probably should have stopped, but quit is not in my nature. Was glad to see the finish line.
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    Oct 10, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
    OOOOOOOOH. yeah, tylenol 3 and muscle relaxant (i would have concurred) would have been enough unless your discomfort seemed worse. if it's really severe, an mri might be indicated to rule out a major tear or avulsion; in which case you might need surgery. i'm sure your doc discussed all that with you.

    and yeeeeah, that doc that thought you could have run... well, glad you're seeing someone else! medicine is a practice. frequently, clinicians get it wrong.

    what do you call a doctor that graduates bottom of his class?

    doctor. same as what you call someone that graduates at the top of his class. it's funny but true. be well!
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    Oct 11, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    There are several muscles that can refer pain into the groin area. Do you know which one it was? Did he? I'd say once it had some time to heal my next stop would be a sports chiropractor or possibly a massage therapist. If you don't get the scar tissue broken up you'll be sore down there forever. Trust me, I know from experience.
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    Oct 11, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    Everyone's different, and there are different degrees of injury. If you go by me as an example, in the future you might want to consider flexibility training. Running marathons and triathlons may be butcher but too hard on the body for my tastes.

    I had my very first groin pull nine days ago. It was pretty random; I was waking up, yawning, still mostly asleep and stretched by pedaling (pushing) one foot too far out while the other leg was to the side and felt a "snap!" I wasn't sure if it was an actual groin pull because I'd heard from others how painful it was and how nearly impossible it made it for them to walk and what I felt was only an occasional hard twinge in a tendon, as if two intertwined tendons under constant tension snapped into different places with a force similar to flipping a breaker and a sharp pain; it wasn't particularly debilitating but it was very annoying at night because it would happen repeatedly in my sleep and wake me up, after which I took a couple of inflammatories and promptly forgot to continue taking them. I didn't miss a single day in the gym though I was cautious on leg day, avoiding the abductor/adductor machine and any major stretching or splits, though I still managed to perform ten sets of free weight cage squats (German Volume Training), albeit at a slightly reduced weight. By the time I saw my physical therapist two days after it happened the minor pain was already diminishing but he confirmed it was a groin pull, performed a little A.R.T. on it (Active Release Therapy, which is similar to pressure point/deep tissue massage) and now, a week later, I'm almost completely fine. In fact today was leg day and I did adductors/adductors at light weight with no ill effect, and I'll resume flexibility training the week after next, if not next week. I guess all that yoga, swimming and pre- and post-workout stretching paid off, and if it didn't in the long run, I'm glad I at least documented my splits with my 9/19/2012 photo.
  • NHLFAN

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    Oct 12, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Runninchlt saidThere are several muscles that can refer pain into the groin area. Do you know which one it was? Did he? I'd say once it had some time to heal my next stop would be a sports chiropractor or possibly a massage therapist. If you don't get the scar tissue broken up you'll be sore down there forever. Trust me, I know from experience.


    He didn't say which one. Pretty much said do nothing for 10 days, use the crutches and if no improvement come back in for further tests. He didn't feel it was anything major, but I sure the hell did.

    Right now I feel a lot better than I did Monday. Still using the crutches to get around, but will start to use them less tomorrow. I can now put slight pressure on the leg and get up and down without screaming in pain. Sure the neighbors is happy about that. LOL

    I've never had a massage, but you're not the only one whose told me this. Will have to find one that works with this type of injury and let them work their magic. I don't want any issues down the road.
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    Oct 12, 2012 10:40 AM GMT
    Massage is probably the best thing for speeding up recovery. It increases the circulation, plus breaks up the fascia that grows into the muscle as it is held tight during healing.

    I had my adductors massaged when I had strained them very badly. But it still takes a long time for those suckers to heal.
  • NHLFAN

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    Oct 14, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Gong to work on adductors and abductors when I get back to training. That might be a really good area to work on since have most of the issues in the general area.

    On a positive was able to ditch the crutches today and can put light pressure on the leg. Next race is scheduled in 4 months, but I won't train until it's 100% healed up and ready to go. Even then will give it more time and try to strengthen the area before training. Would be nice to get it healed in 2 months, but willing to go as long as it needs.
  • NHLFAN

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    Nov 12, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    Update...

    5 weeks after the race and I am able to walk with a slight limp, no crutches, but cannot run at all. Doing squats or lunges are a no no still. I try each week to see how it's improving, which it is each week, but the 3-4 months seems like an ideal time frame to get it 100%.

    Still use the anti-inflammatory medication, but no pain meds at all. Weight on the leg is minimal at best right now. Even with all the minor stuff to deal with now, it's 1000 times better than 5 weeks ago. I'm healing quicker than I thought, but this is clearly a slow healing injury. Gotta give it the time to heal and than get back out there running!
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    Nov 15, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    NHLFAN saidUpdate...

    5 weeks after the race and I am able to walk with a slight limp, no crutches, but cannot run at all. Doing squats or lunges are a no no still. I try each week to see how it's improving, which it is each week, but the 3-4 months seems like an ideal time frame to get it 100%.

    Still use the anti-inflammatory medication, but no pain meds at all. Weight on the leg is minimal at best right now. Even with all the minor stuff to deal with now, it's 1000 times better than 5 weeks ago. I'm healing quicker than I thought, but this is clearly a slow healing injury. Gotta give it the time to heal and than get back out there running!

    Told you it would be 4 months. Been there and it took that fucking long to heal.

    I do heartily recommend getting those groin muscles massaged. It is well worth the cost in healing.
  • NHLFAN

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    Nov 19, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    Caslon22000 said
    NHLFAN saidUpdate...

    5 weeks after the race and I am able to walk with a slight limp, no crutches, but cannot run at all. Doing squats or lunges are a no no still. I try each week to see how it's improving, which it is each week, but the 3-4 months seems like an ideal time frame to get it 100%.

    Still use the anti-inflammatory medication, but no pain meds at all. Weight on the leg is minimal at best right now. Even with all the minor stuff to deal with now, it's 1000 times better than 5 weeks ago. I'm healing quicker than I thought, but this is clearly a slow healing injury. Gotta give it the time to heal and than get back out there running!

    Told you it would be 4 months. Been there and it took that fucking long to heal.

    I do heartily recommend getting those groin muscles massaged. It is well worth the cost in healing.


    Spot on! 4 months is looking like the right number now. Frustrating as hell, but have to do what's best. Next race is in February, but will be walking it or skipping.

    Will post update in two weeks to see how it does. Massage is next on the list to get done. Think the massage will help the muscle. Gets a little weird at times and think it'll help.
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    Nov 20, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    Absolutely no groin pain or issues at all, but I've been avoiding abductor, adductor work and splits, though I'll probably resume in a couple of weeks (being cautious). Flexibility training paid off!
  • NHLFAN

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    Nov 20, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidAbsolutely no groin pain or issues at all, but I've been avoiding abductor, adductor work and splits, though I'll probably resume in a couple of weeks (being cautious). Flexibility training paid off!


    It's rough when you still have tendorness in the area. Some days are better than others. When I tried to workout last week it set me back. Have to be patient and just focus on upper body and whatever cardio I can do. Haven't gained weight, so that's a huge win! icon_smile.gif
  • NHLFAN

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    Jan 05, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    Quick update:

    3 months since the injury and almost fully healed. I can do pretty much everything I did before with the exception of running. It'll be another month or so before the groin is strong enough to put that much pressure on it. I ran 1/2 mile 3 weeks ago and was stiff the next day. Waited two weeks ran a mile and same result. Going to wait another week before attempting to run again and see how it goes.

    So if anyone has a groin pull....sad to say but it looks like 3-4 months is the amount of time it's going to take to fully heal.