Sports Hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area and it most often occurs during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements. Sports Hernia is mainly a strain or tear of any soft tissue in the lower abdomen or groin area. The most common sign of Sports Hernia is that it causes severe pain in the groin area.
HOW IS SPORTS HERNIA DIAGNOSED?
The doctor may perform a complete physical examination and also inquire about your recent physical activity. The general surgeon may check for pain or tenderness in the groin area. X-rays or MRI may help in confirming diagnosis of Sports Hernia.
HOW IS SPORTS HERNIA TREATED?
In the first 7 to 10 days after the injury, treatment with rest and ice can be helpful. If you have a bulge in the groin, compression or a wrap may help relieve painful symptoms. In many cases, 4 to 6 weeks of physical therapy will resolve any pain and allow an athlete to return to sports. Surgery to repair the torn tissues in the groin can be done as a traditional, open procedure with one long incision, or as an endoscopic procedure. An additional surgery, called adductor tenotomy, may be recommended to address this pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
In medical terms, Sports Hernia is also known as Athletic Pubalgia.