BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuGroin painPain - groin; Lower abdominal pain; Genital pain; Perineal painGroin pain refers to discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends and the legs begin. This article focuses on groin pain in men. The terms "groin" and "testicle" are sometimes used interchangeably. But what causes pain in one area does not always cause pain in the other. Causes Common causes of groin pain include:Pulled muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the leg -- This problem often occurs in people who play sports such as hockey, soccer, and football. This condition is sometimes called "sports hernia" although the name is misleading since it is not an actual hernia. It may also involve pain in the testicles. Pain most often improves with rest and medicines. Hernia -- This problem occurs when there is a weak spot in the wall of the abdominal muscle that allows internal organs to press through. Surgery is needed to correct the weak spot. HerniaA groin lump is swelling in the groin area. This is where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Disease or injury to the hip joint. Less common causes include:Inflammation of the testicle or epididymitis and related structures TesticleOrchitis is swelling (inflammation) of one or both of the testicles.Read Article Now Book Mark Article EpididymitisEpididymitis is swelling (inflammation) of the tube that connects the testicle with the vas deferens. The tube is called the epididymis.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Twisting of the spermatic cord that attaches to the testicle (testicular torsion) Testicular torsionTesticular torsion is the twisting of the spermatic cord, which supports the testes in the scrotum. When this occurs, blood supply is cut off to the...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Tumor of the testicle Tumor of the testicleA Leydig cell tumor is a tumor of the testicle. It develops from Leydig cells. These are the cells in the testicles that release the male hormone, ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Kidney stone Kidney stoneA kidney stone is a solid mass made up of tiny crystals. One or more stones can be in the kidney or ureter at the same time.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Inflammation of the small or large intestine Skin infection Enlarged lymph glands Enlarged lymph glandsLymph nodes are present throughout your body. They are an important part of your immune system. Lymph nodes help your body recognize and fight germ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Urinary tract infection Home Care Home care depends on the cause. Follow your health care provider's recommendations. When to Contact a Medical Professional Contact your provider if:You have ongoing groin pain for no reason. You have burning pain. You have pain with swelling of the scrotum. Pain affects only one testicle for more than 1 hour, especially if it started suddenly. You have noticed changes such as a testicular growth or change in skin color. There is blood in your urine.Blood in your urineBlood in your urine is called hematuria. The amount may be very small and only detected with urine tests or under a microscope. In other cases, the...Read Article Now Book Mark Article What to Expect at Your Office Visit The provider will do an exam of the groin area and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as: Have you had a recent injury? Has there been a change in your activity, especially a recent strain, heavy lifting, or similar activity? When did the groin pain start? Is it getting worse? Does it come and go? What other symptoms do you have? Have you been exposed to any sexually transmitted diseases?Tests that may be performed include:Blood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC) or blood differential Complete blood countA complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following:The number of red blood cells (RBC count)The number of white blood cells (WBC count)The tota...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Blood differentialThe blood differential test measures the percentage of each type of white blood cell (WBC) that you have in your blood. It also reveals if there are...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Ultrasound or other scan UrinalysisUrinalysisUrinalysis is the physical, chemical, and microscopic examination of urine. It involves a number of tests to detect and measure various compounds th...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Open ReferencesReferencesLarson CM, Nepple JJ. Athletic pubalgia/core muscle injury and adductor pathology. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee Drez & Miller's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 84.Reiman MP, Brotzman SB. Groin pain. In: Giangarra CE, Manske RC, eds. Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: A Team Approach. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 67.AllVideoImagesTogRelated Information Review Date: 7/26/2021 Reviewed By: Kelly L. Stratton, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. 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