Making the appropriate diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is a challenge to some physicians as well as 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 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. 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. 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 could worsen through certain activities like running or simply bending forward. It could also lead to the experience of increased symptoms when coughing or sneezing. 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 shows that MRI is able to show some characteristic findings. 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 such a fact, initial treatments on sports hernia had been conservative for hopes that symptoms are going to resolve. The strengthening of the pelvic and the abdominal musculature shows to be also effective sometimes for relieving 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.