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, groin pain experienced by some athletes was only diagnosed to be 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 difficult issues to diagnose would be the one that’s called sports hernia.
Sports hernia occurs when you feel a weakening on your tendons or muscles of your 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. 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.
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. It could also lead to the experience of increased symptoms when coughing or sneezing. A sports hernia is usually common in 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, 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. Due to this, MRI is being used to help in confirming diagnosis of sports hernia.
There are actually some treatments which show to be really 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 have shown that there are more than 50% of athletes who are able to return on to their activities after they have gone through sports hernia surgery. Rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia usually takes eight weeks.