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. As time passed, research was made about the source of groin pain and it has shown that there are various conditions on nerve problems, damage on the cartilage, muscle injuries and urologic conditions which all show similar symptoms. A difficult problem to diagnose is the one 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. 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 which you will feel can in fact become a lot worse through certain activities like running or just by 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. This however may still be experienced by other athletes such as football 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 such a fact, initial treatments on sports hernia had been conservative for hopes that 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.
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 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.