Our certified physical therapists go the extra length to ensure that our patients don’t have any confusion about the treatment plan that we recommend. When it comes to a groin injury, a lot of people have misinformation regarding the recovery process. Most don’t understand the treatment option that we recommend for accelerated recovery.
In order to better inform our patients, we have compiled a list of five things that everyone should know about the groin strain recovery process.
Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is an effective method for controlling inflammation during the first two days after a groin injury. The recovery process will be quick if the cold is applied soon after the injury. The therapeutic application should continue throughout the recovery process. Moreover, it needs to be applied multiple times in a day. Applying cold to the affected area can dull the pain and slow down cellular metabolism, which results in accelerated recovery.
Pain medications are prescribed in case of extreme pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as naproxen and ibuprofen are prescribed to reduce swelling. But these medications are not prescribed for long-term to avoid serious side effects.
A compression bandage can be applied to the thigh to reduce the swelling and pain. The bandage is applied in a way that ensures adequate compression without affecting the blood circulation. The compression bandage helps provide relief and support to the injured area thereby accelerating the recovery process.
In order to accelerate the healing process, the physical therapist recommends stretching and strengthening exercises. The exercises can start immediately or after some days of rest – depending on the severity of the injury. Aggressive exercises are not recommended as they can cause further damage to the groin area.
Surgery is not usually required for a groin injury. More than 90 percent of individuals who suffer a groin injury get back to sporting activities after a nonsurgical treatment. However, a physical therapist may recommend a surgery in case of tendon or muscle tear. The surgery is carried out using an endoscopy or open procedure. Endoscopy involves using an endoscope (a small camera) and making small skin incisions. On the other hand, the open procedure involves one long incision to repair the damaged muscle or tendon. After the surgery, the physical therapist recommends a surgical rehabilitation program to regain endurance and strength.
Suburban Orthopaedics have a highly experienced and knowledgeable medical team who provide expert physical rehabilitation services. Our team of licensed and certified therapists provides Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), Work Conditioning Program (WCP), and many other effective treatments plans to accelerate the recovery process. For more information on our range of physical therapy services, you can contact us by dialing (630) 372-1100.