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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

Could CrossFit Training Cause Sports Hernias?

CrossFit Training and Sports HerniasEvery sport is different, and with every sport comes a different set of concerns in preventing injuries. But what happens when a whole new sport emerges? Over the last few years, the expansion of CrossFit has brought up new questions about the best ways athletes can prevent sports hernias.

This latest exercise craze seems to be a combination of just about every sport imaginable: running, weightlifting, gymnastics, rowing, jumping – the list goes on and on. CrossFit is based on the principle of high-intensity interval training, meaning that athletes participate in a wide variety of activities for short bursts of time. The new “sport” encourages athletes to test their limits and take on more and more intense workouts. While this may be an excellent way to train for nearly any other sport, it also creates new worries about injury prevention.

Sports hernias are caused by sharp, twisting movements and quick…

Questions About Sports Hernias?

There are No “Stupid Questions”

sports hernia questionsSports hernias are some of the most common injuries suffered by athletes, but some of the least understood by physicians. In all sports, injury prevention is key, and avoiding sports hernias is no exception. But how can athletes work toward preventing sports hernias while knowing so little about the injury itself?

Sports hernia injuries are complicated. They’re painful, they’re difficult to describe, and they don’t go away, no matter how much you ice that area. Recovery is often a long, frustrating path. Even the first step, finding a doctor with the right expertise to diagnose a sports hernia, can be more difficult than expected. But the first step is the most important, as it’s the right doctor who can get you back to your prime.  

Ask questions and gather accurate information. An experienced sports hernia specialist like Dr. Brown is a terrific source.…

I’m Running Pain-Free

j_coxfordDr. Brown,

It’s been nearly a year since my adductor longus tendon surgery, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’m running pain-free, and in March I was able to compete in the Modesto Half-Marathon, placing 40th overall—and running over a minute faster than my pre-injury time.

You’re a great doctor, and you’re making a big difference in the lives of athletes! 

Take care,

John Coxford

The Case Against Mesh Repair for Sports Hernias

Hernia Surgery ConsultationYou have recurring pain, restricted movement, and you’re on the bench… a lot. What’s wrong with you? Quite possibly a sports hernia. The injury occurs when abdominal muscles tear, which often happens thanks to sharp, twisting movements. Although sports hernias can be difficult to diagnosis, experienced specialists like Dr. Brown work with athletes to create an individualized plan for recovery.

The most common treatment options are rest, physical therapy and sports hernia repair surgery. Many patients choose to undergo surgery to structurally repair the tissue tear, and often surgery is the most efficient treatment. However, when considering sports hernia repair surgery, it’s important to understand the different types of procedures.

One common method of surgically treating a sports hernia is to use mesh to repair the tear. When you think of mesh, you probably think of an old sports jersey or gym bag. Surgical mesh, however, is very different. The…

Understanding Groin Pain

What is the Cause of Groin Pain?

The most common cause of groin pain is an injury to the adductor longus tendon, for two reasons. First, the adductor longus has the greater angle of attachment than other hip adductors.  So with abduction of the hip, the adductor longus is the first of the hip adductors to feel the strain.  Second, the adductor longus has a very narrow attachment to the bone when compared to the other hip adductors. 

This injury is most commonly experienced by athletes involved in sports that have rapid changes in direction, such as soccer and hockey.  The pain will be high on the inside of the thigh and get worse with adduction of the hip against resistance.  Jogging or running in a straight line usually does not cause pain.  Often, the pain will get better with rest.

 On physical…

Can’t Find a Sports Hernia Specialist in Your Area?

Have Sports Hernia. Will Travel.

plane trip to CASports hernia injuries are notoriously complicated. They’re hard to see, hard to find, and hard to diagnose. Trying to pinpoint a tear in the core muscles is like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. Even the best physicians still have trouble diagnosing sports hernias, to say nothing of determining the right treatment path.

Patients with sports hernias often spend weeks or even months seeking answers. Despite seemingly endless visits to specialists, expensive imaging and extensive research, many athletes find themselves back at square one with pain exacerbated by activity. Few physicians have the specific expertise needed to distinguish a sports hernia from other similar injuries, resulting in an incorrect diagnosis. Often, this can start an athlete on a path to recovery that may do even more harm.

Sports hernias are characterized by chronic pain in the lower abdomen that worsens with activity…

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