A Guide to Sports Hernias for Those Who Don’t Play Sports
Even the most avid couch surfers among us are familiar with at least a few common sports injuries. Ones like a torn ACL, a sprained ankle or a bruised bone or two. One that most of us wouldn’t recognize? A sports hernia.
A sports hernia injury happens when the muscles in the groin area tear. Strain and sudden movements place stress on these tissues, and if the movement has enough force, the muscles can and will tear. This can happen with any sport or activity, from professional hockey to moving heavy boxes. The most common causes are twisting and turning movements, extreme pressure or weight, and quick changes in movement or direction.
Sports hernias are both uncommon and difficult to diagnose. The most common symptom is pain. Sports hernia pain may fade with rest and time, but returns when…
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It has now been 4 solid weeks since my hernia repair and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank both you and the surgical center as well, for the professional, kind, considerate, and attentive care that I received from your facilities.
Though the healing process is not yet complete, I feel as though my hernia repair is quite strong even now, and I am definitely relieved that I will not have to endure any possible complications of having had a mesh procedure in place of the one that you have performed. I also am glad that I opted to travel from Hawaii in order to consult with you as the practical inconveniences of doing so were outweighed by the end result, in my opinion.
I will be recommending you to others in my situation, and strongly suggest that they consider consulting with you before…
Five Common Myths About Sports Hernias
Sometimes it’s easy to tell the difference between medical truths and myths, like when a distant aunt sends you an article about the latest cancer-curing berry found on sale on Amazon for an amazing $19.99. Unfortunately, all myths aren’t as easy to spot.
Sports hernias are already complex injuries, with few common symptoms. Even in the medical world, there are few experts who are skilled at diagnosing and treating inguinal disruptions, making even harder to discern fact from fiction. Information that stems from the internet or even your doctor might seem reasonable at face value, but is wrong. To prevent injuries and help speed along your recovery, let’s dispel five of the most common myths about sports hernias.
1. Sports hernia injuries only happen to professional athletes.
Usually when we hear about sports hernias, it’s because our favorite hockey player or pro athlete is…
The “S” Word: Sports Hernia Surgery
In the medical world, there’s a word that patients often don’t like to hear. It starts with an S – surgery. When most athletes hear a doctor suggest a procedure, it’s anything but a relief. The very idea of surgery is often a scary one, associated with pain, lasting consequences and long recovery. But for athletes diagnosed with a sports hernia injury, usually their reaction is just the opposite. Why?
Sports hernia injuries are complex, deep tissue tears. They can be hard to treat, and even harder to diagnose. Common treatments include rest and physical therapy. But with the expertise of specialists like Dr. Brown, there is another option.
Sports hernia repair surgery is becoming more and more common, and for good reason. It’s fast, safe, effective, and can cut down on recovery time. Often, physical therapy and rest can help affected athletes overcome…
It’s Back to School and Back to Sports
Backpacks are filled with fresh supplies. It’s time for students to head back to school, and back to school sports. Football games, cross country meets, and seemingly endless practices. Keeping up with both schoolwork and athletic commitments can be tough for students, and preventing injury is often the last thing on their minds.
With so many kids playing sports during the school year, we’ve all heard about the dangers of heat exhaustion or overworked muscles. Football, volleyball and field hockey to water polo, all sports carry the risk of another less heard of injury in young athletes: a sports hernia.
A sports hernia injury can happen to athletes of all ages, and in nearly any sport. This type of injury happens when the muscles in the groin area tear under stress from movements, such as. switching directions quickly, twisting and turning, or…
Five Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Sports Hernias
Every day, it seems like there’s new headline about yet another world-class athlete sidelined by injury. Sometimes it’s the usual culprits: an ACL tear or even a concussion. But sometimes it’s something more unexpected: a sports hernia injury.
When considering possible causes, a sports hernia is often at the bottom of the list – or not even considered at all! It can take multiple visits or even specialists to diagnose the injury. Sports hernias can bench an athlete for weeks or even months. That’s why today’s top athletes spend time focusing on the key ways to prevent sports hernia injuries before they happen.
Here are a five things you can learn from the pros:
- Athletes are familiar with the importance of a balanced, healthy diet, and they know that maintaining one can help build strength and resilience. But smart athletes…