Do you have pain in the groin area and lower back?
Pain in the groin and lower back may have a variety of symptoms. You could feel a burning sensation, a dull aching pain, or a sharp pain. It is sometimes also associated with muscle spasms of the large muscles that run alongside the spine. Groin and lower back pain is felt where the abdomen ends and the legs begin.
Understanding the pain you feel
In males the terms groin and testicle are interchangeable, but pain associated with one does not necessarily relate to the other. Lower back pain is one of the top three reasons people see a doctor in America. Many workers suffer groin and lower back injuries on the job even though many safe work practices are in place.
Groin and lower back pain may be short-term or can become a chronic problem. Most groin and lower back pain problems will get better without going to a doctor, but it is important that you recognize when it is time to seek professional help.
Possible Causes of your groin and lower back pain
The source of your groin and lower back pain may include inflammation, muscle pull, muscle spasm, and poor alignment of the vertebrae. Other common causes may include hernia, kidney stones, enlarged lymph glands, and ruptured or herniated disk. If you work in construction, have bad posture, smoke, or are stressed, the risk for lower back pain problems is higher.
What can you do to ease the pain?
People can feel better in one week, and have no pain in 4 to 6 weeks. It is important to take the correct steps when you first get the pain. It is not recommended that you get bed rest, but rather stop physical activity for the first few days.
You may apply heat or ice to the painful area. Ice can be applied for the first 48-72 hours, then heat after that. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed. Find a comfortable position for sleeping, usually on your side in a fetal position.
Try to take short walks or do light aerobic activities to keep the blood flow going to the affected area. If you are not feeling better or the pain becomes more intense get the help of a health care professional.
Call your health professional immediately if you have:
- Unexplained fever with lower back pain
- Redness or swelling on the lower back or spine
- Pain traveling down you legs, below your knees
- Very sharp pain
- Burning with urination or blood in your urine
Preparing to discuss your symptoms with your health care professional
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms. Questions that may be asked:
- Did you injure yourself?
- What does the pain feel like?
- When did the groin pain start?
- Is you pain constant?
- Is the pain getting worse?
Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.