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Soccer player’s pain in groin isn’t going away

Q. I am a soccer player and hurt my right hip about three months ago. When I try to kick or move side to side I get a sharp pain on the right side of my groin. I rested it for a month and when I went back to play the same problem keeps happening. The trainer say I have a groin pull but his treatment has not worked. What should I do now?

A. The muscle that lets you bring your leg inward is known as the hip adductor. It is common in soccer, hockey and basketball to injure this muscle near the pelvis. A mild strain usually gets better with rest and local treatment done by a trainer or physical therapist. More severe strains may require a longer period to heal. This is also in the region where a sports hernia can occur, which can mimic an adductor strain. I recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam. The extent of these injuries can be hard to diagnosis and your physician may require X-rays, an MRI scan or an ultrasound. Once the correct diagnosis is made, then a treatment plan can commence and hopefully a fast return to soccer can follow.

Dr. Harlan Selesnick is team physician of the Miami Heat and director of Miami Sports Medicine Fellowship, Doctors Hospital. Send your questions to