Making the appropriate diagnosis of groin pain for athletes is a challenge to some physicians as well as athletes. Before, groin pain experienced by some athletes was only diagnosed to be 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 difficult issues to diagnose would be the one that’s called sports hernia.
Sports hernia occurs when you feel a weakening on your tendons or muscles of your 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 there’s an inguinal hernia that’s occurring, there will be a weakening on the abdominal wall that allows 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. It could also lead to the experience of increased symptoms when coughing or sneezing. 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 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. 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. 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. The rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia mostly takes about eight weeks.