Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Groin Pain Overview

What is groin pain?
A person with groin pain often has pain in the area near the genitals. The groin is located at the skin fold where the upper thigh meets the lower abdomen. Causes of groin pain include muscle strain, hernia, genital skin infection, kidney stone, inguinal lymphadenitis, and sexually transmitted disease.

What are the symptoms of groin pain?
Symptoms that occur with groin pain include groin swelling, groin bruising, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and lymph gland swelling. Additional symptoms in males include scrotum swelling, penile discharge, and testicular pain. Additional symptoms in females include vaginal discharge and vulvar pain.

How does the doctor treat groin pain?
Treatment for groin pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include rest, cold compresses, physical therapy, antibiotics, surgery, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

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