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Dr. Rick's Monthly Question

December 2002

Question:

What are the cause, treatment and best means of preventing painful groin pulls?

Answer:

Groin pulls are strains to the adductor muscles that attach the legs to the pelvis. They are injured from sudden exertion, such as doing splits. They are treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) during the first 24-48 hours. The best way to prevent this and similar injuries is to (1) warm up gradually before strenuous exercise, (2) maintain flexibility by stretching regularly, and (3) keep your muscles strong and in balance. Further details may be found in this month's article.

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