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Your Guide to Understanding Sports Hernias and the
 Medical Treatment of
 Sports Hernias
by William Brown, MD
Advanced Medical Treatment for Sports Related Hernias

Delightful, Positive and Adorable

Dear Dr. Brown

First and foremost I want to thank you for accepting my insurance! It is sad that some of the New York and Philly Doctors do not. 

On another note, I found you both to be delightful, positive, and adorable.  I instantly felt comfortable in your office and surprisingly relaxed before surgery.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for solving a 3.5 year injury.

Hugs from NY.


Signs You Have a Sports Hernia – Part One

The Classic Signs and Symptoms of a Sports Hernia

chronic-pain-sports-herniaIf we’ve said it once, we’ve said it hundreds of times. Sports hernia injuries are difficult to pinpoint and diagnose. An athlete can visit many physicians before successfully diagnosing the true cause of his or her pain.

However, there are some key signs and symptoms that are characteristic of sports hernias in particular. Sometimes, these signs are the only ones that will be able to point you and your doctor toward the correct diagnosis, and then treatment can begin.

The first, and seemingly most obvious, classic sports hernia symptom, is pain in the lower abdominal and groin areas. A sports hernia injury occurs when there is a tear in the muscle of the abdominal wall, causing tension and instability throughout the affected area. Throughout the groin and lower abdominal area, pain can occur as an all-over aching sensation, or it…

Able to Perform at My Highest Level

Dear Dr. Brown,

Last year I was struggling with a few chronic injuries,  keeping me from enjoying sports and living life to its fullest. 

In May of 2014 you performed a surgery to fix my sports hernia.  I couldn’t have asked for more.  My soccer career continued injury-free and I was able to perform at my highest level.

The way you follow up with your patients is inspirational and I hope to learn from that quality and apply it to my life.

Thank you very much for the successful surgery and for giving me an example to follow on integrity.


J. Gates

Active Release Technique for a Sports Hernia

Using Active Release Technique as Sports Hernia Therapy

Active Release Technique as Sports Hernia TherapyIf you’ve been diagnosed with a sports hernia, you’ve likely already had your fair share of uncertainty, whether it was the diagnosis itself or looking at treatment options. There are many approaches to treating a sports hernia, including sports hernia repair surgery followed by traditional physical therapy. A.R.T. is one of those therapy options today.

Sports hernias are by definition a complex injury to treat. A tear in the groin area muscles, often occurring along with injury to the abdominal wall and core muscles, means a sports hernia is a deep soft tissue injury. This makes it difficult to pinpoint and even harder to reach with conventional therapy techniques.

Active Release Technique offers a new way to treat sports hernias. Working in tandem with traditional physical therapy, A.R.T. has the potential to speed up recovery and offer faster relief. This approach…

Surgery Was an Unmitigated Success

Hi Dr. Brown,

I’ve been meaning to write this note for quite some time and am finally getting around to it.

I just wanted to say how happy I was with the whole experience with you and your office, leading up to, during and after surgery. The level of communication and caring was outstanding. Everything from the unprecedented access via telephone to answer questions pre-surgery, to the thoughtful and thorough way you approached the in-person consultation, to the follow-up calls to check on my post-surgery completely exceeded my expectations.

The surgery was also an unmitigated success. Shortly after surgery I was able to return to all my pre-surgery activities and do them completely pain-free for the first time in 10 months. I was also able to resume certain activities that I’d had to give up prior to surgery (like certain strength training movements). Now, 3 months post-surgery, I am returning…

Active Release Technique

What is Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)?

football-player-art-42429586_sInjuries to the soft tissue like torn ligaments, strained muscles and pulled tendons are some of the most common sustained by athletes. While a sprained ankle may not be the worst sports injury that you can imagine, it is still a persistent and pesky one that could throw you off your game. Much like sports hernias, the ways that physicians approach and treat soft tissue injuries vary, as can the results.

Active Release Technique, also known as A.R.T focuses on the connections between muscle systems and uses applied tension and pressure to ease pain and promote recovery. Athletes suffering from a multitude of injuries have the potential to benefit from A.R.T.

Active Release Technique has been used to treat many different injuries, including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, and tennis elbow, among others. The A.R.T. approach offers…

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