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. 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. Such part of the abdomen would be in the same region to where the inguinal hernia happens and is called as the inguinal canal. If ever there’s an inguinal hernia, a weakening on the abdominal wall will allow the hernia to 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.
Sports hernia usually starts with a slow aching pain that you will 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. It could also lead to the experience of increased symptoms when coughing or sneezing. Sports hernia is mostly common for the athletes who need to maintain a bent forward position. However, this could still be experienced by other athletes like soccer players.
Sports hernia diagnosis can be determined based with the history of the patient, its diagnostic tests and through physical examinations made. Before, MRI tests were the option in looking for any signs of sports hernia. Research that was made shows that MRI had shown some characteristic findings. Due to this, MRI is being used to help in confirming diagnosis of sports hernia.
There are actually few treatments that show to be truly 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 in case these measures cannot relieve symptoms of sports hernia, a surgery will be recommended that will help in repairing the weakened area of the patient’s 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 surgery of sports hernia usually takes eight weeks.