6 Things You Didn’t Know About Sports Hernias

Everyone who plays sports has a slight chance of injury.

One of the most common sports-related injuries is, as the name suggests, a sports hernia.

A sports hernia, also known as Athletic Pubalgia, is a painful soft tissue injury that occurs within the groin area. It is often caused by a sudden change of direction, followed by intense twisting movements.

Although a sports hernia may lead to a traditional, abdominal hernia, it is usually classified as a completely different injury.

What to know about a sports hernia

Muscles affected

The most common areas affected by this injury are the oblique muscles in the lower abdomen. The tendons within this area are especially vulnerable as they are attached to the obliques near the pubic bones.

In most cases, the tendons that attach the thigh muscles to the pubic born are also stretched or torn.

Common sports that cause a sports hernia

The most common activities that cause sports hernias are ice hockey, soccer, wrestling and football. This is because due to the high intensity and amounting of twisting and exertion that is stressed within these vigorous sports.

It is vital that you warm up and stretch before playing these sports.

Surgical procedures

There are surgical procedures available to help with extreme cases.

Endoscopy can help locate torn tissue. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a small camera to see inside the abdomen.

An inguinal neurectomy is the incision made to repair the damage.

Non-surgical treatment

According to an article in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, more than 90 percent of people who opt to go through nonsurgical treatment can return to their sports with no issues. However, it is also common for the patients to retear the tissue.

If reinjury occurs, then a surgical repair will be needed or recommended.

An adductor tenotomy procedure, at this point, is recommended.

In this procedure, the tendon that attaches the inner thigh muscle is cut and gives the patient a greater range of motion.

Rehabilitation

Rehabbing for a sports hernia is often slow, frustrating and even unsuccessful.

With a sports hernia, you may also have hip impingement, hip flexor tendonitis and even light nerve or spinal disc issues.

However, with a doctor’s help, you can overcome this injury. It may take time, but most patients recover from sports hernias.

Stretching and warming up

The most common way to prevent this injury is to release and relieve stress off the pelvis and hips while playing certain sports.

You should always warm up with abdominal and core stabilization exercises. These help get blood flowing within the body.

Strengthening the hip adductor muscles will also help stabilize your abdominal muscles and can decrease the stress across the pelvis and lower abdominal areas.

Lastly, never push yourself past your limits. Practice proper form during exercise and only lift what you can handle.

Do you have a sports hernia?

Do you have groin pain due to a sports injury? If so, call our office to see if it is a sports hernia.

Learn how we can treat this injury to get you back on your feet.

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