What is a sports hernia? What are the causes of the condition? I will tackle these topics in a simple manner that even non-medical persons would understand.
It’s important that you should know the answer to this question because sports hernia is a common ailment that often goes unnoticed because it is asymptomatic (no symptoms) in certain individuals.
Also called Athletic Pubalgia, sports hernia is an injury of the tissues, ligaments, joints or tendons in the areas, such as the groin, upper thigh, or abdomen.
A repeated or sudden twisting movement of the body can eventually cause a tear or injury in the tissues, where the body rotates.
The differences between inguinal hernia and sports hernia is that inguinal hernia can occur even when the person is not engaged in sports. Also, persons with sports hernia usually don’t have evident bulges in the groin, which is typical of inguinal hernia.
1. Twisting motions
Activities that involve twisting the body, while the feet are firmly planted on the ground
2. Strenuous Sports, such as wrestling and ice hockey
The same motions are done in these sports
3. Certain ball sports, such as, football and soccer
Twisted movements are also performed in these ball games.
The pain is dependent on the severity of the injury. When you experience these symptoms, you have to consult your doctor before it gets worse and turn you into a disabled person.
Some people with sports hernia may not have any symptoms, except pain in the groin. Hence, you have to disclose to your doctor the sports that you are engaged in, so he can rule out sports hernia.
Aside from the person’s physical examination and the history, the doctor may request several diagnostic tests done.
In the Physical Examination, watch how you can palpate a sports hernia.
A swelling caused by sports hernia can be treated with an ice pack, then a compression may be applied if there’s swelling. Reportedly, some herbs are useful in treating pain and inflammation.
Watch the video below:
You can perform therapeutic exercises 10 to 14 days after the injury. The pain would have subsided by then.
You must strictly stick only to the exercises prescribed for you by a licensed physical therapist or physiatrist. This is because a number of exercises will worsen your sports hernia.
Watch the video for exercises that you can do at home.
Rest is vital to cure sports hernia. You have to rest the injured tissue to allow it to heal. You should not play the sport until you are fully well. Rest should be done right after the injury to prevent further damage to the tissue or muscle.
Surgery should be your last resort. Non-invasive procedures are preferred over invasive methods because they are safer, more convenient and less painful. You may want to use the other therapeutic methods first, before choosing surgery.
Ilioinquinalneurectomy may be done to lessen the pain of sports hernia. This is done by severing the inguinal nerve in the groin to eradicate pain.
In the end, prevention is still better than cure. Here’s how you can prevent sports hernia.
I have answered the question: What is a sports hernia? You can now use this information to know if your abdominal or inguinal pain is due to sports hernia. You can also help your friends who may have the same problem.
Have you ever encountered sports hernia? What treatment option did you use to alleviate your pain, or eliminate your illness altogether? It would be awesome if you could share them in this post.