Groin Strain What is a groin strain? Typically occurring in athletes who take part in high-speed sports involving jumping and lateral side to side movement like hockey. Groin strains and pulls are caused by too much pressure and stress placed on the groin and inner thighs. What are symptoms of a groin strain? You will notice pain and sensitivity when you move your knees and legs. You may also notice a popping or snapping sound when the injury takes place, with acute pain following shortly thereafter. As far as the pain and discomfort, there are typically three degrees of measurement: First Degree – Slight pain, some loss of mobility and a feeling of weakness. Second Degree – More noticeable pain, moderate weakness and damage to the surrounding tissues, and possible bruising. Third Degree – Intense pain, a significant decrease in both strength and mobility in the groin and thigh. At this stage, the muscle has torn, which accounts for the severity of symptoms. How do we treat a groin strain? Along with icing the affected area to help combat swelling and discomfort, we tailor specific strengthening and stretching routines to your degree of injury. Over time, we build up your strength and take on more exercises to help you heal properly and move better.