Implementing the right diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is considered to be a challenge for some athletes and physicians. 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.
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 ever there’s an inguinal hernia, a weakening on the abdominal wall will allow 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.
The sports hernia tend to start with a slow aching pain which can be felt in the lower abdominal regions. 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.
A sports hernia diagnosis is actually determined based on the physical examination, history of the patient and on the diagnostic tests. Before, an MRI test is used in searching 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. Because of this, the initial treatment of sports hernia had been conservative in hopes that its symptoms will resolve. Strengthening of the patient’s abdominal and pelvic musculature is found to be effective sometimes to help relieve the 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 sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.