Lower abdominal strains usually have a gradual onset and are often found in sports that require a lot of twisting and turning, such as football or tennis. It is not usually a debilitating injury, but if the strain continually worsens it can become debilitating. It is an overuse injury and since then abdominal muscles are constantly used, rest is often necessary.
- Pain felt during activities such as sprinting (not light running), striking a ball, and sometimes while laughing, coughing, or sneezing.
- After prolonged sitting there is often stiffness.
- Compress area to minimize movement and any swelling.
- Adductor (groin) stretches and abdominal strengthening exercises are recommended.
- Rest with periods of light and gentle stretching.
- See your physician if pain does not subside with a few weeks.
- Light stretching of the groin and abdominal muscles daily.
- Strengthening exercises for the abdominal and back.
- Rest if feeling discomfort.