I severely strained muscles in my abdominal area and my adductor
muscles, especially where they attach in the groin area. I have no idea
just what I did or how I did it, but a week later I aggravated the
situation by running in "The Relay" down in California. Although the
abdominal problems cleared up in 3 months I still cannot run without
pain in my groin area. I haven't run for one year and 10 months now. I
have been X-Rayed, MRI'd, electro therapied, stretched and massaged, and
been to the SOAR clinic down here in the Bay Area, and no one can come
up with a reason why it is not healing. I'm ready to sleep under a
crystal pyramid if I thought it would help! I figured since I was
running with a group from Tacoma at the time of my injury, that I would
drop a note to you up there in the Northwest. Have you ever run across
something like this before? So far it seems as if I'm the only person in
history to have this type of problem.
Many thanks for your time.
Sounds like you are very frustrated! Actually, I see groin injuries in my clinic quite frequently. Often they are confused with hip injuries, S/I injuries and abdominal injuries. Groin injuries are particularly difficult to manage because you can feel totally fine, but taking one step can re-stimulate the injury. Curiously, most of the groin injuries I see occur in soccer players. Usually, the forces that produce the strain on the muscles are rotational. Actually, if you look at the proximal hip muscles, they are laying horozontal, perpindicular to the femur, and as a result, they are primary rotators.
My suggestion to you is that to verify that what I am saying applies to you, you need to stand on your injured leg, and rotate about your hip, left and right again and again. If you feel the injury acting up, then you are on the right track. The key to rehabing this injury is to:
1. Begin with balance challenges in the transverse plane (rotational movements) and frontal plane (side to side movements).
2. Add lunges forward, sideways and with rotation.
3. Add step-up, step-down of increasing heights, and with tri-planar forces.
4. Begin to jump (take off on one foot, land on both feet) forward, back, sideways, and with rotation, in both directions.
5. Go to hopping (take off on one foot, land on the same foot) as above.
Finally, you can return to running.