Implementing the right diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is considered to be a challenge for some athletes and physicians. Before, most of the groin pain experienced by athletes were diagnosed to be only 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. If ever there’s an inguinal hernia, a weakening on the abdominal wall will allow 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. 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. This however may still be experienced by other athletes such as football players.
A sports hernia diagnosis is actually determined based on the physical examination, history of the patient and on the diagnostic tests. 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. This is the reason why MRI is commonly used to help in confirming diagnosis.
Some treatments actually show to be really effective for sports hernia other than 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 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. The rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia mostly takes about eight weeks.