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Sports Hernia Education

  • Good Pain Vs Bad Pain

    Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

    My brother told me a while back that he is doing some kind of training regimen. You’ve all heard of the latest crazes–perhaps you are doing one or several of them yourselves. He wanted to know if the pain that he was feeling in his elbow was okay. After berating […]

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  • Why is the Groin and Pelvis so difficult to diagnose?

    Why is the Groin and Pelvis so difficult to diagnose?

    Two weeks ago I was in the lab with one of my colleagues. We were looking at the anatomy of the pelvis on several cadavers. One of the anatomy instructors asked us about the pathology that we see in our practices, and we spent the next 3 hours discussing the […]

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  • Groin And Pubalgia Injury From Playing Sports

    Groin And Pubalgia Injury From Playing Sports

    As a Sports Hernia Surgeon, it strikes me each year that the acute Groin and Pubalgia injuries are seasonally related to the sports being played. This winter, we are seeing injuries from winter sports such as hockey, skiing–both alpine and cross country, skating, snowboarding, and even ski-jumping. Usually, the injuries […]

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  • Understanding Sports Hernia and Athletic Pubalgia

    Understanding Sports Hernia and Athletic Pubalgia

    The pubic attachments, meaning the structures of the body coming from the abdomen and the legs, centrally all attach to the pubic bone. The Rectus, Adductor, Pectineus, Conjoint Tendon, and Inguinal Ligament have fibers which interdigitate (create a crossing pattern like that seen in wicker furniture) and form a sheath. […]

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  • Do I just have one injury?

    Do I just have one injury?

    An article in published in Sports Medicine by Eckberg et. al. discussed a frequent, but rather unknown phenomenon regarding groin pain: multiple injuries. The article looked at 21 patients with groin pain and found that 19 of the 21 patients had more than one injury. To the average patient, this […]

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  • The Relationship Between the Hip Joint and Sports Hernia

    The Relationship Between the Hip Joint and Sports Hernia

    The relationship between the hip joint and the sports hernia exist for two reasons. First, they are geographically part of the same joint space, and therefore pathology in one, by mechanical relationship, causes or influences problems in the other. Second, since both pathologies functionally affect the other, people, with their […]

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  • Is the Pubis a joint?

    Is the Pubis a joint?

    Patients understand what a joint is because it is a fairly straight-forward concept. A ball and socket joint and a hinge joint are the two most common joints in the body. The pubis is not a joint. True there is a Pubic Symphysis, where the two bones of the pelvis […]

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  • Maneuvers to help avoid groin injury.

    Two good stretching maneuvers for people trying to avoid pubic injury, or after Pubalgia surgery when recommended by the surgeon, are shown. The first is to stretch the anterior attachments to the pubis in a gentle and controlled fashion. The stretch requires a rolling stool, and a very stable structure […]

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  • Problems with the hip joint, and athletic pubalgia are related

    Problems with the hip joint, and athletic pubalgia are related

    Recently, findings at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, suggested that problems with the hip joint, and athletic pubalgia are related. The investigators looked retrospectively at the MRIs and CTs of patients who had undergone “Sports Hernia Repair,” and found a high […]

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