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. As time passed, research was made about the source of groin pain and it has shown that there are various conditions on nerve problems, damage on the cartilage, muscle injuries and urologic conditions which all show similar symptoms. One of the hardest issues to diagnose is the thing that’s called sports hernia.
Sports hernia actually occurs if you feel that the tendons or muscles of the lower abdominal wall is present. This is the part of the abdomen that’s on the same region to where the inguinal hernia occurs and this is known as the inguinal canal. If ever there’s an inguinal hernia, a weakening on the abdominal wall will allow the hernia to be felt. In sports hernia, the issue is the weakening of the abdominal wall muscles in the same area, but the hernia is not visible.
A sports hernia starts with slow aching pain which you can actually feel in the lower abdominal region. The symptoms could worsen through certain activities like running or simply 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.
Sports hernia diagnosis could actually be determined according to the patient’s history, the diagnostic tests made and also on the physical examinations implemented. Before, MRI tests were the option in looking for any signs of sports hernia. Research that was made shows that MRI had shown some characteristic findings. Because of this, MRI is used to aid in confirming diagnosis.
There are actually some treatments which show to be really 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. Strengthening of the patient’s abdominal and pelvic musculature is found to be effective sometimes to help relieve the symptoms.
When these kinds of measures could not relieve the symptoms of sports hernia, surgery is usually recommended that will help in repairing the weakened area of the abdominal wall. Studies actually show that there are about 50% more athletes who could return to the activities after undergoing sports hernia surgery. Rehabilitation from sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.