IRG Sports Medicine Update: Groin Pull/Strain

Tom Hutyler: Welcome to IRG’s Sports Medicine Update

Tom Hutyler: I’m Tom Hutyler and along with Shannon O’Kelley, physical therapist and president of IRG physical and hand therapy and our guest Dr. Phil Downer, Orthopedic Specialist from Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle.

Tom Hutyler: Dr. Downer, thanks for joining us.

Tom Hutyler: Hey, athletes and just people that sometime injure their lower leg muscles, particularly their groin muscles, sometimes that’s a hip problem that goes undiagnosed. Tell us about your experience there.

Dr. Downer: Well most things are not serious, but some are. And people who are getting these recurring what they call groin pulls may want to have them checked first by their family doctor and then possibly somebody more specialized just to make sure they’re not dealing with something that is more boney origin and can be addressed early to avoid bigger problems in the future.

Tom Hutyler: Yeah, those muscles that attach on that hip area or pelvis area, pretty big muscles and sometimes can you pull of a chunk of bone and just assume it’s like a strain?

Dr. Downer: That is one issue. Big muscles, powerful muscles, but the bigger issue I’m referring to are architectural problems with the hip, the shape of the hip that can predispose one to big problems in later in life.

Tom Hutyler: Recurring hip problems, continuous strains might be problematic have it looked at.

Dr. Downer: Yes, have a check.

Tom Hutyler: Yeah, that hip joint often overlooked in the sports medicine population. Thanks for coming back.

Dr. Downer: It’s been a pleasure.

Tom Hutyler: If you like more information on this topic as well as how to contact Dr. Phil Downer, go to and click on the health experts tab.


About Philip Downer

Phil Downer, MD Dr. Downer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in hip preservation surgery. Dr. Downer enjoys seeing patients of all ages, but his special interest in joint preservation has led him to treat many younger patients with hip problems, such as hip dysplasia or hip impingement.