Get the answers you need about a common athlete injury called sports hernia in this FAQ rundown.
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This type of hernia is also called athletic pubalgia. It is an injury that occurs in the lower abdomen or upper groin area which can result in strain or tear of muscle, ligament, and/or tendon. This type of injury can occur from the lower abdomen to the pubic area, and at times, the thighs. It happens among football, soccer, and hockey players.
A hernia affects the intestines and the abdominal wall. A sports hernia, on the other hand, does not involve the intestinal area and is contained somewhere in the groin.
While this condition is common among athletes, everyone can still experience it. People who do strenuous and muscle twisting activities are more at risk.
Here are some of the most common sports hernia symptoms:
It is important to note that not all symptoms appear altogether. Consult the doctor immediately for diagnosis when feelings of extreme discomfort start to nag in the groin area.
Only a medical professional can properly diagnose a hernia. Self-diagnosis is not recommended since symptoms are also common in other conditions. Your doctor will conduct several tests to determine a sports hernia diagnosis. Some of these include:
The kind of sports hernia treatment needed will depend on the severity of the condition. Treatment for mild to moderate conditions may include non-surgical methods. Severe cases may require surgery. The latter may be an open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery.
Some of the most common nonsurgical treatments for sports hernia are:
The recovery period is affected by factors like as age, severity of the injury, and medical history. Generally, it takes about 2 to 6 months to fully recover.
Most of the athletes who are able to get early diagnosis and treatment are able to return to doing sports activities again. Precaution is advised, especially for those who did not undergo surgery, as the symptoms may start to recur upon doing twisting activities.
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Athlete or not, a hernia can affect you at any time. Take precaution when doing strenuous activities. When the injury happens, now your options to make educated decisions. The chance for immediate and full recovery is possible with early diagnosis and treatment.
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