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
Causes of groin pain
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:
especially in children and older adults.
Infections, which may
cause a lump, bumps, or swelling in the groin area. Glands (lymph nodes) in the groin may become enlarged when
there is infection in the surrounding part of the body or in the legs or feet.
If the infection is minor, the swelling may last a few days and go away on its
Spasm, infection, inflammation, or decreased blood flow
(ischemia) in the large intestine.
A broken hip (fracture), an infected hip joint, or a
stress fracture of the hip.
Arthritis. Arthritis can cause groin pain, stiffness,
or a limp.
Spine problems in the back near the lower ribs can
pinch the nerves that travel through the groin area and cause groin and thigh
pain. Spine problems include a
herniated disc or lumbar narrowing (stenosis).
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 symptoms in children
Groin problems may cause
pain in the groin, hip, or knee. Common causes of groin symptoms
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This
condition affects the blood supply or proper placement of the upper part of the
thighbone (head of the femur) in the hip socket.
Developmental dislocation of the hip (DDH). This condition is caused by abnormal development of the hip
joint. The femur may fit loosely into the hip socket (subluxation) or be
completely out of the hip socket.
Swelling (inflammation) of the
lining of the joint space of the hip (toxic synovitis).
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