Implementing the right diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is considered to be a challenge for some athletes and physicians. Recently, a groin pain experienced by athletes was diagnosed only as muscle strains. But as time passed by and significant research was made on the source of groin pain found different conditions on muscle injury, nerve issues, damage on cartilage and also on urologic conditions which showed similar symptoms. One of the hardest issues to diagnose is the thing that’s called sports hernia.
Sports hernia occurs when you feel a weakening on your tendons or muscles of your abdominal wall. Such part of the abdomen would be in the same region to where the inguinal hernia happens and is called as the inguinal canal. When there will be an inguinal hernia which occurs, there’s going to be a weakening on the abdominal wall which will allow the hernia to actually be felt. On sports hernia, the problem would be on the weakening of the same abdominal wall muscles, but the hernia will not be visible.
A sports hernia starts with slow aching pain which you can actually feel in the lower abdominal region. The symptoms which you will feel can in fact become a lot worse through certain activities like running or just by bending forward. You may also experience increased symptoms when you sneeze or cough. Sports hernia is mostly common for the athletes who need to maintain a bent forward position. This however may still be experienced by other athletes such as football players.
A sports hernia diagnosis is actually determined based on the physical examination, history of the patient and on the diagnostic tests. Before, MRI tests were the option in looking for any signs of sports hernia. Research however shows that some of the characteristic findings on the MRI. Because of this, MRI is used to aid in confirming diagnosis.
There are actually few treatments that show to be truly effective on sports hernia than just surgery. Because of this, the initial treatment of sports hernia had been conservative in hopes that its symptoms will resolve. The strengthening of the pelvic and the abdominal musculature shows to be also effective sometimes for relieving symptoms.
If in case these measures cannot relieve symptoms of sports hernia, a surgery will be recommended that will help in repairing the weakened area of the patient’s abdominal wall. Different studies made also shows that more than 50 percent of athletes could return to their activity after going through surgery of sports hernia. The rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia mostly takes about eight weeks.