6 Things You Didn’t Know About Sports Hernias

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

Which muscles are 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 due to the high intensity and amount of force and twisting that is used within these vigorous sports. Therefore, it is vital that you warm up and stretch before playing these sports.

Non-surgical treatments are available

According to an article in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, more than 90 percent of people who opt to go through non-surgical treatment can return to their sports without issues. However, it is also common for patients to retear the tissue.

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

Surgical procedures can help

There are surgical procedures available to help with extreme cases.

One surgical option, known as an adductor tenotomy, is the procedure in which the tendon that attaches the inner thigh muscle is cut to give the patient a greater range of motion. Endoscopy can help locate torn tissue. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a small camera to see inside the abdomen.

Rehabilitation is needed

Rehabbing for a sports hernia is often slow, frustrating and can sometimes be 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.

How to prevent sports hernia

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 exercise 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?

Everyone who plays sports has a slight chance of injury. If you have persistent groin pain, call our office to make an appointment to determine whether or not you have a sports hernia. We will discuss how we can treat this injury to get you back on your feet.

Request an appointment here: https://glsnyllp.com or call General & Laparoscopic Surgeons of New York LLP at (212) 548-3267 for an appointment in our New York office.

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