It has become a challenge for a lot of athletes and physicians when it comes to making diagnosis of groin pain experienced by athletes. Before, most of the groin pain experienced by athletes were diagnosed to be only muscle strains. As time has passed, research was then made on the real source of groin pain and it shows that different conditions on muscle injuries, cartilage damage, nerve issues and urologic conditions show the same symptoms. One of the hardest issues to diagnose is the thing that’s called sports hernia.
A sports hernia is actually there when there’s a weakening on one’s tendons or muscles on the lower 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. If there’s an inguinal hernia that’s occurring, there will be a weakening on the abdominal wall that allows the hernia to 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.
Sports hernia usually starts with a slow aching pain that you will feel in the lower abdominal region. The symptoms that you feel could become much worse by certain types of activities like bending forward or running. You also could experience increased symptoms by coughing or when you sneeze. Sports hernia is mostly common for the athletes who need to maintain a bent forward position. But this can also be present in other athletes like soccer 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 however shows that some of the characteristic findings on the MRI. This is the reason why MRI is commonly used to help 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. The strengthening of the pelvic and the abdominal musculature shows to be also effective sometimes for relieving symptoms.
If ever such measures are not able to relieve the symptoms of sports hernia, surgery is being recommended to help repair 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 surgery of sports hernia usually takes eight weeks.