If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Many times mild groin pain is caused by a minor injury that you may not have even noticed. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your pain.
Most of the time when a serious problem is causing groin pain, you will have other symptoms. It is important to look for other signs of illness when you have groin pain but no known injury. Most hernias have other symptoms besides groin pain, though pain may be an early sign of an inguinal hernia. See a picture of an inguinal hernia.
Pain felt in the groin may be coming from other parts of the body (radiating or referred pain). This kind of pain may be caused by:
Pulled muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the leg may cause symptoms in the groin. Be sure to look for other symptoms when you have groin pain that is not related to an injury.
Groin problems may cause pain in the groin, hip, or knee. Common causes of groin symptoms include:
Last Revised: March 1, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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