What are the signs of groin problems?

Groin symptoms include any type of pain or other abnormality in the groin area. Your groin area is the region where your pelvis ends and your legs begin. The groin is also called the inguinal area. It includes your upper inner thigh, as well as the area where your legs attach to your torso.

Your groin consists of many structures, including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. Your bones provide structure, your muscles provide motion, and your tendons anchor your muscles to bones. Ligaments connect your femur (thigh bone) to your pelvic bone at the hip joint. Nerves control sensation and movement. Blood vessels provide continuous blood circulation to and from your groin area and legs. Several key blood vessels pass through the groin.

The groin is also the anatomic crossroads for the lower intestinal tract (colon, rectum, and anus) as well as the genitourinary tract (bladder, urethra, reproductive organs, and genitals).

Any of the structures of the groin are subject to injury, infection, diseases, or other conditions that can produce groin symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty or inability to move your leg or walk
  • Groin rashes and other changes in the skin of the groin
  • Joint stiffness in the hip
  • Mass, bulge or lump
  • Pain
  • Paresthesia (numbness, burning, tingling, and other problems with sensation)
  • Swelling

A common cause of groin symptoms is a groin pull. A groin pull is a strain of the inner thigh muscles. A groin pull occurs from muscle overload, such as overstretching, or from a direct blow to the muscle. Groin pulls are a common injury in sports, such as football, baseball, hockey, soccer, swimming, skating, and track and field.

Groin symptoms can be related to diseases, disorders or conditions of the reproductive organs. In men, this may include symptoms in the scrotum or the testicles within the scrotum. Women may experience groin symptoms related to the genitals or internal reproductive organs. In addition, groin symptoms can be associated with conditions of the lower spine, kidney, bladder or colon.

Depending on the cause, groin symptoms can be acute (beginning suddenly and disappearing quickly) or chronic (developing slowly over time). Chronic groin symptoms that occur with additional symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD), inguinal hernia, or testicular cancer.

Groin symptoms can be caused by a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek prompt medical care for groin symptoms that are persistent, recurrent, or causing you concern. Sudden groin symptoms in men with swelling of the scrotum, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain could be symptoms of testicular torsion, which is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience these symptoms.


What other symptoms might occur with groin symptoms?

Groin symptoms may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, groin symptoms due to an infection may be associated with a fever and redness and warmth around the affected area.

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What causes groin symptoms?

Groin symptoms can be caused by a wide variety of diseases, disorders and conditions. This includes infectious diseases, trauma, malignancy (cancer), and other abnormal processes. Groin symptoms can also be due to a problem in another area, such as the lower back.

Injury-related causes of groin symptoms

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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