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. 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 would be a part of the abdomen present with where the inguinal hernia occurs and is called an 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.
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. 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, an MRI test is used in searching for any signs of sports hernia. Research however shows that some of the characteristic findings on the MRI. Due to this, MRI is being used to help in confirming diagnosis of sports hernia.
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 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. 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. The rehabilitation from surgery of sports hernia mostly takes about eight weeks.