Making the appropriate diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is a challenge to some physicians as well as athletes. Before, groin pain experienced by some athletes was only diagnosed to be 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. 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 could worsen through certain activities like running or simply bending forward. You may also experience increased symptoms when you sneeze or cough. 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 can be determined based with the history of the patient, its diagnostic tests and through physical examinations made. Before, the use of MRI tests are implemented to look for any signs of sports hernia. Research however shows that some of the characteristic findings on the MRI. Because of this, MRI is used to aid 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. The strengthening of the pelvic and the abdominal musculature shows to be also effective sometimes for relieving 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 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.