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. 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. This would be a part of the abdomen present with where the inguinal hernia occurs and is called an inguinal canal. When there will be an inguinal hernia which occurs, there’s going to be a weakening on the abdominal wall which will allow the hernia to actually be felt. In the case of sports hernia, the issue is because of a weakening on the same abdominal wall muscles, but there will be no hernia 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. You also could experience increased symptoms by coughing or when you sneeze. Sports hernia is mostly common for the athletes who need to maintain a bent forward position. This however may still be experienced by other athletes such as football 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, an MRI test is used in searching for any signs of sports hernia. Research that was made shows that MRI had shown some characteristic findings. Because of this, MRI is used to aid in confirming diagnosis.
There are actually some treatments which show to be really 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. Strengthening of the patient’s abdominal and pelvic musculature is found to be effective sometimes to help relieve the 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. 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.