If it is a recent, mild strain, you can use the common method of RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. The point is to keep swelling down, which can facilitate a quicker recovery. You can also take aspirin or some other pain reliever to calm the initial pain.
If the muscle is in spasm, or the pain is more intense, the RICE method may not help significantly. The issue with ice is that it does not do much to help release a muscle from spasm. Often when you strain the groin, it can essentially “shut down” meaning that from day to day it doesn’t feel like it is improving much. When this is the case, rest does not accomplish much because circulation in and to the groin muscle is impaired.
The key to recovery is to:
- Increase the circulation the injured groin. More energy and blood flow means faster recovery.
- Reduce your swelling. Whether you see it or not, internal and external swelling is the root of your groin pain and needs to be alleviated.
- Remove the toxins. Eliminating toxins is essential for a full recovery.
For more information, review Pulled Muscle Treatment.
As you return full circulation to your groin muscles, we also recommend that you begin lightly using the injured muscle. Once the pain has subsided, mildly stretching your groin will help new muscle tissue form properly, and help break down scar tissue.
For some specific recovery principles, read the next page of this article for groin pull prevention principles.