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If my testicles are injured, say from a knee in the groin while playing basketball, can I treat the injury myself?

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If the injury is not serious, you can take these steps:

  • Take a painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help get rid of the pain.
  • Use an ice pack on the area -- not directly on the skin -- to help prevent swelling and ease pain.
  • Place a rolled-up towel under the testicle when you lie down.
  • Take it easy for a few days after an injury.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear supportive underwear for a few days to gently support the testicle.

From: Testicle Injury FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation TeensHealth: "Tetsticular Injuries."

Mayo Clinic: "Testicle Pain."

AUAFOUNDATION: "Testicular Trauma."

Cleveland Clinic: "Disorders of the Testes."

MedlinePlus: "Testicle Pain."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation TeensHealth: "Tetsticular Injuries."

Mayo Clinic: "Testicle Pain."

AUAFOUNDATION: "Testicular Trauma."

Cleveland Clinic: "Disorders of the Testes."

MedlinePlus: "Testicle Pain."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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