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 passed, research was made about the source of groin pain and it has shown that there are various conditions on nerve problems, damage on the cartilage, muscle injuries and urologic conditions which all show similar symptoms. A difficult problem to diagnose is the one 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 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 there’s an inguinal hernia that’s occurring, there will be a weakening on the abdominal wall that allows 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. You may also experience increased symptoms when you sneeze or cough. Also, sports hernias are usually common for athletes that requires them 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, 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. Because of this, MRI is used to aid in confirming diagnosis.
There are actually few treatments that show to be truly effective on sports hernia than just surgery. Due to this, the initial treatment when it comes to sports hernia had been conservative for the hopes that the 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 sports hernia surgery mostly takes about eight weeks.