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4 Potential Moderate Groin Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Sports Hernia

    A sports hernia is an injury of the soft tissues of the groin which often occurs during sports involving sudden twisting movements (ice hockey, soccer, wrestling, and american football). A sports hernia is different from an inguinal hernia and does not cause a bulge in the groin.

    In most cases 4 to 6 weeks of physical therapy will resolve pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin pain, moderate groin pain, mild groin pain, groin numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with sports hernia:
    groin pain
    Symptoms that never occur with sports hernia:
    groin lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Indirect Hernia

    A hernia occurs when an organ or internal body part bulges through the abdominal wall. In the case of indirect hernia, the hernia is a result an improperly failed deep inguinal ring after the testicle has passed through it.

    Groin hernias are not a life-threatening condition. Approximately one third of patients report chronic groin pain 1 year or longer after a hernia repair, but it is likely to dissipate over time. A hernia may recur, although the causes of this are highly variable, and depend on the degree of abdominal wall weakness and the technique of repair.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin pain, groin lump, mild groin pain, moderate groin pain, painful lump in one side of the groin
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Groin Hernia

    A hernia occurs when a loop of intestine bulges out through the abdominal wall. With age, the supportive tissues that keep organs within the abdomen become weaker, and the risk for a hernia increases. Groin hernias, called inguinal hernias, are the most common type. They often result due to muscle straining, such as during heavy lifting.

    Groin hernias are not a life-threatening condition. Approximately one third of patients report chronic groin pain 1 year or longer after a hernia repair, but it is likely to dissipate over time. A hernia may recur, although the causes of this are highly variable, and depend on the degree of abdominal wall weakness and the technique of repair.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, groin pain, testicle pain, groin lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Groin Hernia Requiring a Doctor's Examination

    A hernia occurs when a loop of intestine bulges out through the abdominal wall. With age, the supportive tissues that keep organs within the abdomen become weaker, and the risk for a hernia increases. Groin hernias, called inguinal hernias, are the most common type. They often result due to muscle straining, such as during heavy lifting.A complicated groin hernia, also called an incarcerated hernia, is a medical emergency. This type of hernia cannot be easily reduced, in other words pushed back without surgery. An incarcerated hernia is at high risk of becoming strangulated, meaning that pressure on the loop of bowel can cause the trapped segment to lose blood supply. Unless the blood supply is restored promptly, the tissue can rapidly die. This is a life-threatening condition.

    Complicated (incarcerated) groin hernias are a life-threatening condition. However, if treatment is performed early, the prognosis after surgery is excellent.Chronic pain 1 year out from the surgery is reported by some patients, but it is likely to dissipate over time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, nausea or vomiting, fever, groin pain, groin lump
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Groin Pain

  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Were you lifting weights or straining yourself right before your symptoms started?

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Moderate Groin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain have also experienced:

    • 16% Lower Back Pain
    • 3% Hip Pain
    • 3% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain were most often matched with:

    • 14% Indirect Hernia
    • 10% Groin Hernia
    • 6% Sports Hernia
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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