Groin pain often arises from involvement in intense physical activity, especially in sports, which require a rapid change of direction, such as hockey. Medical terminology names this condition a sports hernia, even though a hernia may not be present. The injury and inflammation could occur in tendon, muscle, bone, fascia, bursa, nerves or joints. The pain, which can radiate down the thighs or even into the lower back, is usually exacerbated with activity or standing and relieved by sitting or lying still. With this uncomfortable condition, many athletes find groin pain greatly restricts their sports involvement as well as performance. Without intervention, the condition can continue for years. Acupuncture is extremely effective in helping the body heal the injury and relieves the inflammation. I may also recommend some lifestyle changes to promote quick healing so you can resume regular activity as soon as possible.
Besides arising from a sports hernia, sometimes, groin pain can arise from the pressure of a slipped disc, or stenosis. In this case, inflammation of the lower back tissue that surrounds the groin nerves causes the pain signal. Acupuncture works very well when the inflammation occurs outside the spinal column. In the case of stenosis, I apply acupuncture treatment to specific points including some points along the spine to restore energy circulation, relieve inflammation and promote rapid healing.