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. 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. A difficult problem to diagnose is 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. 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 also could experience increased symptoms by coughing or when you sneeze. Also, sports hernias are usually common for athletes that requires them to maintain a bent forward position. However, this could still be experienced by 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, the use of MRI tests are implemented to look for any signs of sports hernia. Research shows that MRI is able to show 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. 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 on the pelvic and abdominal musculature in fact shows to be sometimes effective when it comes to relieving 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. Different studies made also shows that more than 50 percent of athletes could return to their activity after going through surgery of sports hernia. Rehabilitation from sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.