A Sports Hernia Doctor Can Get You Back in the Game

Wondering when a sports hernia doctor becomes your best bet? The injury described by the term, "sports hernia," is not an actual hernia, although it can lead to one. It is an injury that happens when a person strains or tears the oblique muscles of the lower abdomen and the tendons that attach the muscles to the pubic bone. A sports hernia can also affect the tendons that attach the thigh muscles to the pubic bone.

Sports hernias usually happen when a person twists their body in a sudden and forceful motion. Continued stress to the core muscles is what causes a sports hernia to happen.

Luckily, there are doctors who specialize in sports hernia treatment. These specialists are trained to help you heal completely and in the shortest time possible.

When you need a sports hernia doctor

The person most likely to suffer a sports hernia is one who vigorously twists their upper body while their feet remain planted on the ground. This is why the injury is more common with athletes who play sports like baseball, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey or football.

A person with a sports hernia will experience:

  • Severe pain in the groin area immediately when the injury happens
  • Pain that gets better when the person rests, but flares back up when they make certain movements
  • Chronic pain that limits a person’s range of motion if left untreated

Unlike a regular hernia, a sports hernia does not form a bulge. Once the initial pain fades, the person may be tempted to let the pain resolve on its own. A sports hernia doctor will insist that the person gets a proper diagnosis.

Diagnosing a sports hernia

The doctor will start by asking the patient about their symptoms and how they got injured. Next, they will do a visual exam to check if the injury is a normal (inguinal) hernia or a sports hernia.

They will proceed to palpate the site of the injury to check for tenderness and swelling, and then it is on to the physical exam.

To confirm that the injury is indeed a sports hernia, the sports doctor will ask the patient to move in a way that should cause pain. The doctor may tell the patient to do a sit-up or work the core muscles. If the patient feels pain as they do these movements, the doctor will have partial confirmation of a sports hernia.

The doctor will likely do imaging tests to rule out other causes of the pain.

Treatment options

Sports medicine physicians recommend surgical treatment for sports hernias only as a last resort when the injury is severe. They usually opt for conservative treatments like:

  • Rest: To rest for seven to 10 days to allow for healing; during this time, the person should ice the injury and wrap the groin if there is swelling
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication: To deal with pain and inflammation
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections: To stimulate healing of the torn muscles and tendons
  • Physical therapy: To repair and strengthen the muscle so the person can resume their sport as soon as possible
  • Endoscopic surgery: A minimally invasive way to repair torn muscles or damaged tendons
  • Open surgery: A less minimally invasive way to repair torn muscles or damaged tendons
  • Post-operative rehabilitation: So the person can resume their sport as soon as possible

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