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. 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 actually occurs if you feel that the tendons or muscles of the lower abdominal wall is present. 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. 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.
A sports hernia diagnosis is actually determined based on the physical examination, history of the patient and on the diagnostic tests. Before, the use of MRI tests are implemented to look for any signs of sports hernia. Research shows that MRI is able to show some characteristic findings. This is the reason why MRI is commonly used to help in confirming diagnosis.
There are actually few treatments that show to be truly effective on sports hernia than just surgery. Due to this, the initial treatment when it comes to sports hernia had been conservative for the hopes that the symptoms are going to 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. The rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia mostly takes about eight weeks.