Groin pain can occur as a result of bone injury, hernia or kidney stones Surgery which affects the groin area. Groin pain in children is a cause of concern as it can be a symptom of a potentially harmful hip injury. While it is often reported in adolescents, the specific cause is often hard to determine as similar pains can emanate from different parts of the hip. When children complain about pain in the hip or groin, it may be caused by a problem with the upper part of the thighbone or the hip. This problem can be the source of the pain or discomfort so it is important to find out the problem and have it addressed as soon as possible.
Similar causes of groin pain can range from a muscle pull in the hip, tendon strain or a stress fracture in the neck of the femur. Groin pain may also occur as a result of strain to groin muscles caused by lifting, pulling or pushing heavy objects. Other conditions which may result in groin pain include overuse injuries caused by too much stress being placed in an area as a result of repeated activity, hairline crack in the bone, osteitis pubis as a result of stress in the pubic bone , hip problems or avulsion fractures resulting from the tearing away of a tendon or ligament from a piece of bone.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip can also lead to groin pain in adolescents. This condition occurs when there is abnormal development of the hip joint, resulting in the femur fitting loosely into the hip socket or being completely removed from the socket. This can cause pain and visible discomfort in patients and needs to be addressed by a medical professional as soon as it is discovered. Infectious arthritis inside the hip joint or swelling in the lining of the hip joint can also cause groin pain and movement problems in adolescents.
Groin pain can point to a potentially harmful stress fracture in the hip called a “slipped carpal femoral epiphysis” or a “slip”. A slipped carpal femoral epiphysis is a hip condition that occurs when the ball located at the head of the femur or thighbone, slips backwards out of the neck of the bone. It is the most common hip disorder in adolescents, especially when they are overweight. Without immediate treatment and therapy, this disorder can result in deformity. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a condition affecting the supply of blood and proper placement of the top of the femur into the hip socket can also be the cause of groin pain.
Severe hip or groin pain in children should always receive immediate medical attention. Because the cause is often difficult to determine, it is important to consult a medical professional to better determine what the problem may be, so that treatment may begin as soon as possible. Delay in finding out the cause of the problem and seeking out possible solutions can result in future complications or disability so it is important to resolve them without delay.