Groin pain is not a frequent condition I see in my clinic. In the past year there were no more than five cases. This condition is not frequent but it does happen. However, there are many patients do not know how and where to seek treatment of this condition. Therefore, I would like to share with you some experience of groin pain treatment.
The most recent case was a young girl. Being only first year in university, she had been suffering from groin pain for more than seven years. She could not sleep well because the pain was making her legs not comfortable in any position. This pain was also related to her years of professional dance training, which had left muscle and ligament injuries in many spots. Besides groin pain, she also had lower back pain, and slight lateral curved spine (scoliosis) for years. The muscle on the right side of her spine was tensed and bulged. The second and third lumbar vertebrae was noticeably bulged and with pressing pain. There were no other nerve related symptoms. After checking her, I concluded that this patient’s lower back pain, back injury, muscle and ligament injuries together caused the pain. In words of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we would say the problem is “weak liver and kidney”. Therefore I planned treatment specific for her. After the first session, her pain was much released, and largely disappeared after the third session. Now she is receiving further treatment to completely clear the problem.
Another case was a Brazilian lady, an outstanding scholar and a counselor to the government. Therefore her work involved very long time sitting down in front of a desk. For years, lower back pain and groin pain had been chronic. Sometimes she would have difficulty walking, and sometimes she would have excessive groin pain especially after sitting for a long time that make walking very hard for her. Then she would need to stand up and move slowly for a while before she can walk. Many doctors concluded her problem as hip joint arthritis on the left side of lower back vertebrae. I treated her arthritis with acupuncture and her pain was relieved quickly.
Next, I would like to share my experience treating this problem:
1. Most of the time I would choose acupuncture to heal the problem;
2. If there are pain or other problems on the lower back, treatment must be applied at both the lower back and the groin area together;
3. When choosing acupuncture points, the distant points are very important. Groin is the place where the liver meridian is passing, so points on the liver meridian are crucial. I usually use the Ququan, Zhongfeng and Shangqiu points on the liver meridian.
The cause of groin pain can be various. For example, pelvic inflammatory disease and anteversion of uterus for women, varicocele for men, as well as hernia, femoral neuritis, piriformis syndrome, lumbar disc herniation, hip arthritis would all cause groin pain. No matter what is the cause acupuncture can have good effects as long as the right points are chosen.