The most common cause of groin pain is a muscle, tendon or ligament strain, particularly in athletes who play sports such as hockey, soccer and football. Groin pain might occur immediately after an injury, or pain might come on gradually over a period of weeks or even months. Groin pain might be worsened by continued use of the injured area.

Less commonly, a bone injury or fracture, a hernia, or even kidney stones might cause groin pain. Although testicle pain and groin pain are different, a testicle condition can sometimes cause pain that spreads to the groin area.

Direct and indirect causes of groin pain can include:

  1. (death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow)
  2. Avulsion fracture: How is it treated? (ligament or tendon pulled from the bone)
  3. Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  4. Epididymitis (testicle inflammation)
  5. Hydrocele (swelling of the scrotum)
  6. Inguinal hernia
  7. Kidney stones
  8. Muscle strain
  9. (inflamed testicle)
  10. Osteoarthritis
  11. Pinched nerve
  12. Piriformis syndrome
  13. (testicle that moves between the scrotum and abdomen)
  14. Scrotal masses
  15. (fluid buildup in the testicle)
  16. Stress fractures
  17. Swollen lymph nodes
  18. Testicular cancer
  19. (twisted testicle)
  20. Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  21. Varicocele (enlarged veins in the scrotum)

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Nov. 14, 2017