It has become a challenge for a lot of athletes and physicians when it comes to making diagnosis of groin pain experienced by athletes. Before, groin pain experienced by some athletes was only diagnosed to be 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 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. 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 which you will feel can in fact become a lot worse through certain activities like running or just by 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.
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 shows that MRI is able to show some characteristic findings. 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 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 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 sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.