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, most of the groin pain experienced by athletes were diagnosed to be only 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. One of the hardest issues to diagnose is the thing that’s called sports hernia.
Sports hernia actually occurs if you feel that the tendons or muscles of the lower abdominal wall is present. This would be a part of the abdomen present with where the inguinal hernia occurs and is called an inguinal canal. If ever there’s an inguinal hernia, a weakening on the abdominal wall will allow the hernia to 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 that you feel could become much worse by certain types of activities like bending forward or running. You may also experience increased symptoms when you sneeze or cough. A sports hernia is usually common in athletes who need 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, an MRI test is used in searching 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 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.
When these kinds of measures could not relieve the symptoms of sports hernia, surgery is usually recommended that will help in repairing 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 sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.