Although the groin heals on its own, ways to deal with the injury include using ice to reduce pain and swelling, compression, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and stretching and strengthening the area, according to WebMD. Individuals can apply ice for a half hour at least four times a day to help relieve pain and swelling. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin reduce swelling. Due to side effects, long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs are not recommended.
Stretching and strengthening exercises depend on the grade of injury, with pain usually used as a guide to how much or when to start the strengthening exercises, claims WebMD. There are three grades of groin injury, including grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3. A grade 1 groin injury causes mild discomfort with no limited activity. A grade 2 injury causes moderate discomfort and potentially limits physical activities with mild bruising. Grade 3 is the most severe, causing pain while walking, muscle spasm and significant bruising and swelling, according to About.com.
Groin injuries are commonly seen in athletics. Hip muscle strength, prior injury and the level of preconditioning are risk factors of getting a groin injury, according to About.com. Pain in the groin inside of the leg, when closing the legs and when raising the knee are symptoms of a groin injury. Other symptoms include a popping or snapping feeling in the groin, followed by severe pain, claims WebMD.