Making the appropriate diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is a challenge to some physicians as well as athletes. 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.
A sports hernia is actually there when there’s a weakening on one’s tendons or muscles on the lower 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. 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.
The sports hernia tend to start with a slow aching pain which can be felt in the lower abdominal regions. 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. But this can also be present in 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, MRI tests were the option in looking 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. The strengthening of the pelvic and the abdominal musculature shows to be also effective sometimes for relieving 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.