Making the appropriate diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is a challenge to some physicians as well as athletes. Before, most of the groin pain experienced by athletes were diagnosed to be only muscle strains. But as time passed by and significant research was made on the source of groin pain found different conditions on muscle injury, nerve issues, damage on cartilage and also on urologic conditions which showed similar symptoms. A difficult problem to diagnose is the one 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. This is the part of the abdomen that’s on the same region to where the inguinal hernia occurs and this is known 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 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. A sports hernia is usually common in athletes who need to maintain a bent forward position. But this can also be present in other athletes like soccer players.
A sports hernia diagnosis is actually determined based on the physical examination, history of the patient and on the diagnostic tests. Before, MRI tests were the option in looking for any signs of sports hernia. Research shows that MRI is able to show 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 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 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 sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.