Sports Hernia is an injury of the soft tissue in the groin area. Sports Hernia usually occurs during sport activities that are intense or involve sudden changes in position or twisting motion. Sports Hernia usually leads to traditional abdominal hernia. Symptoms of Sports Hernia are:
• Severe pain in groin area
• Pain alleviated with rest
• May lead to inguinal hernia
HOW IS SPORTS HERNIA DIAGNOSED?
The clinical diagnosis of Sports hernia is difficult and requires both a careful history and thorough workup to determine the relative contribution of any co-existent pathology about the pelvis & hip. The investigation routinely involves:
• functional (weight-bearing) plain radiographs of the pelvis, including flamingo views, to assess pelvic stability and screen for hip pathology, bone stress and soft tissue calcifications,
• ultrasound to assess the conjoint tendons, dynamically assess the straining inguinal canal, and identify specific anatomic sites of tenderness,
• MRI to assess the symphysis pubis and supporting ligaments, pubic bones and pubic apophyses, adductor origins, rectus abdominis insertions and pyramidalis muscles
HOW IS SPORTS HERNIA TREATED?
While Sports Hernia is treated with medication, physical therapy also helps in relieving the pain. In certain cases, however, Sports Hernia is treated with surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
A sports hernia does not cause a visible bulge in the groin, like the more common, inguinal hernia does. Over time, a sports hernia may lead to an inguinal hernia, and abdominal organs may press against the weakened soft tissues to form a visible bulge.