Moderate Groin Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand moderate groin pain symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

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  1. 10 Possible Moderate Groin Pain Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

10 Possible Moderate Groin Pain Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced moderate groin pain. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Sports hernia

A sports hernia is a painful, injury of the soft tissue that occurs in the groin area. It most often happens in people who play sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements such as soccer, basketball, or wrestling.

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Indirect hernia

Hernias occur when an organ protrudes through part of the abdominal/pelvic wall that normally contains it. Indirect hernias are located near the groin and occur when abdominal contents, such as the intestines, pass through an opening into a channel called the inguinal canal.

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Mild/moderate hip arthritis

Arthritis of the hip is inflammation of one or more of the joints in the hip. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Hip arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: hip pain, difficulty walking, pain in one hip, limping, groin pain

Symptoms that always occur with mild/moderate hip arthritis: hip pain

Symptoms that never occur with mild/moderate hip arthritis: severe hip pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Groin bruise

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: groin pain, constant groin pain, swollen groin, groin injury, groin pain from an injury

Symptoms that always occur with groin bruise: groin pain from an injury, groin injury, constant groin pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Necrotizing fasciitis of the groin

Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills

Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the groin: skin changes of the groin or genitalia

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Groin nerve irritation

There are several nerves supplying the groin, inner thigh and genital region. Entrapment or irritation of one of these nerves can result in pain or numbness in this area. This is often caused by surgery in this area but can happen without a specific cause as well.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: thigh numbness, groin numbness, testicle numbness, sharp testicle or scrotum pain, sharp groin pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is a fairly common condition (one to two percent of all pregnancies). An ectopic pregnancy is one that occurs outside the uterus, which is the normal site of fetal development.

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Ovarian cyst

During her reproductive years, a woman's ovaries release a single egg cell each month. But sometimes the egg remains on the surface of the ovary, where the follicle that enclosed it continues to grow. It then becomes a fluid-filled ovarian cyst.

Ovarian cysts may be caused by hormonal imbalances; by endometriosis tissue, if it attaches to the ovary; and by severe pelvic infections that spread to the ovaries. Cysts may also form during pregnancy.

Small ovarian cysts often cause no symptoms. Larger cysts may cause pelvic pain, backache, unexplained weight gain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and/or pain during sex. Ovarian cysts are almost never a form of cancer.

Sudden, severe abdominal pain could indicate a ruptured cyst. This is a medical emergency and the patient should go to an emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through ultrasound.

Hormonal birth control, such as the pill, injection, or patch, prevents ovulation and therefore prevents the formation of cysts. Surgery to remove the cyst may be necessary in some cases.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: stomach bloating, vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, lower abdominal pain, lower back pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Ruptured ovarian cyst

It is normal for one of the two ovaries to create a small follicle each month. This follicle contains an egg cell that is released as part of the menstrual cycle.

In some cases, however, the egg cell fails to release. The follicle becomes overgrown and may eventually rupture, especially during sexual activity or strenuous exercise.

Symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst may be mild and only require over-the-counter pain relievers.

However, sudden severe pain on one side of the lower abdomen, especially with vaginal bleeding, may indicate internal bleeding and is a medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and ultrasound, as well as blood tests and urine tests to rule out any other cause for the symptoms.

Treatment may involve hospitalization for IV fluids and pain medications. Surgery may be done to control the bleeding and remove any clots, blood, or fluid in the abdomen.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: stomach bloating, pelvis pain, lower abdominal pain, being severely ill, severe abdominal pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Femoral stress fracture

Femoral stress fracture means there is a break in the femur, or thighbone. The femur is the largest and strongest bone in the body and is important for bearing weight. A femoral stress fracture usually occurs in the top of the bone where it connects to the pelvis.

Stress fractures happen from overuse and/or from weakness in the bone from disease, rather than from trauma. Those in heavy physical training, such as athletes and military trainees, are vulnerable to femoral stress fracture. But anyone suffering from malnutrition or osteoporosis is vulnerable to a stress fracture, even with ordinary activities of daily living.

Symptoms include pain deep in the thigh or groin, especially during exercise. The pain may have started gradually instead of being sudden, as with a traumatic injury. The condition might be thought to be a simple strain.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, with simple tests such as hopping on the painful leg, and imaging.

Treatment involves rest; improved nutrition; study of proper training and striding techniques; and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Groin Pain

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Were you lifting weights or straining yourself right before your symptoms started?
  • Does coughing cause other symptoms to worsen or appear?
  • Did anyone in your family have a hernia?

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Moderate Groin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced moderate groin pain have also experienced:

  • 17% Lower Back Pain
  • 3% Hip Pain
  • 3% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain

People who have experienced moderate groin pain were most often matched with:

  • 36% Sports Hernia
  • 36% Indirect Hernia
  • 27% Mild/Moderate Hip Arthritis

People who have experienced moderate groin pain had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Over a month
  • 27% Less than a week
  • 18% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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