Wish I had replied earlier. The so-called groin muscles are smaller muscles at the top of the thigh and into the hip and pelvis that move the thigh up, in and out. While sore, consider a creative elactic bandage wrap to help pull your thigh upwards, relieving the muscles of some of the work.
When in pain or re-aggravated, use an ice pack (or 2 lbs frozen peas in the bag) for 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off for a day or two, as much as you can. With the 3rd day onward, GENTLE heat to stimulate circulation, also 15 minutes on and 15 off.. You caould also go 15 min heat, 15 min rest, 15 min ice, 15 min rest, and 15 min heat.
A healing muscle does not like being stretched, so you'll need to shorten your stride and slow down walking. Once pain free, week by week start to do more with it. Try to keep it wrapped for additional warmth.
Any twinges when exercising, back off. You don't want to go back to square one.
A running coach at a shoe store noticed how I aggravate mine. After a bad pull, it bothered me off and on for 20 years. Turns out as I tire running, I don't lift my foot as high as I swing my leg forward. So the lever of my leg is longer, effectively inrcreasing the weight the groin muscle needs to swing forward. Now I know that when the muscle starts to hurt, i am not lifting my foot enough, so I focus on using my hamstrings more to swing my foot higher, shortening the leg and reducing the weight for the groin muscle. The pain disappears in a couple steps.
So gradual re-use, then try to do extra strengthening, and understand how to reduce the workload on the muscle. If your legs are heavy, you may want to start a weight loss program, so that effort all over is reduced.View Thread