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Injury Insight: Hip Help

Pulled a groin muscle? Or did you injure your hip? One could be mistaken for the other, says Kaare Kolstad, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Why? Your groin muscles (there are six) pull the legs together and help with other movements of the hip joint.

“It can happen with any athlete, but we see a misdiagnosis more with sports that require a lot of lateral movement like soccer, hockey and baseball,” Kolstad says. See a physician if pain in the groin area persists for a week or two. “The longer you wait to have the problem fixed, the higher the risk that hip degeneration will occur. That can eventually lead to a hip replacement,” Kolstad says.