Implementing the right diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is considered to be a challenge for some athletes and physicians. Before, groin pain experienced by some athletes was only diagnosed to be 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 occurs when you feel a weakening on your tendons or muscles of your abdominal wall. This would be a part of the abdomen present with where the inguinal hernia occurs and is called an 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 sports hernia, the issue is the weakening of the abdominal wall muscles in the same area, but the hernia is not 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. 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 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 this, the initial treatment of sports hernia had been conservative in hopes that its symptoms will 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. Studies actually show that there are about 50% more athletes who could return to the activities after undergoing sports hernia surgery. Rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia usually takes eight weeks.