It has become a challenge for a lot of athletes and physicians when it comes to making diagnosis of groin pain experienced by athletes. 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 difficult issues to diagnose would be the one 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. 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 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 the case of sports hernia, the issue is because of a weakening on the same abdominal wall muscles, but there will be no hernia visible.
The sports hernia tend to start with a slow aching pain which can be felt in the lower abdominal regions. 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. However, this could still be experienced by 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, the use of MRI tests are implemented to look for any signs of sports hernia. Research that was made shows that MRI had shown some characteristic findings. 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. Strengthening on the pelvic and abdominal musculature in fact shows to be sometimes effective when it comes to relieving the 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. 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.