The Hernia Guide for Tennis Players
Tennis players are aware that common injuries of their game can include rotator cuff tears, stress fractures, ankle sprains, patellar tendonitis, and of course, tennis elbow. But tennis can also cause another very painful—albeit lesser-known—injury: the Sports Hernia.
What is it, exactly? And how is it different than a regular hernia?
A regular hernia happens when intestines push through a hole in the muscles. The resulting bulge that can become painful.
However, a Sports Hernia occurs when there is a tear of adductor longus tendon or a tear of one of the oblique muscles. These tears develop from sheer forces that high-intensity and twisting movements develop. High level tennis players are prone to this type of injury.
Why are tennis players at risk of a Sports Hernia?
Tennis is one of the biggest triggers for Sports Hernias because of the repetitive twisting and turning…
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Treating an Adductor Longus Tendon Injury
If you ask a friend for advice about an adductor longus tendon injury, you’ll probably be told to “put some ice on it.” Ask a specialist, but that ice will not be enough. An injury to the adductor longus tendon is similar to a sports hernia, as it is also not very well known and requires expert care.
A sports hernia involves sheer stress across the pelvis with sports that involve acceleration and cutting. During these activities the adductors contract to move the thigh, but the abdominal muscles contract at the same time to support the pelvis. This results in a tug of war between the adductors and the abdominal muscles with the pelvic bone in the middle. Usually one of the abdominal muscles tear first, but occasionally one of the adductors is injured. Because of its position, the adductor longus is usually the…
Sports Hernia is an Equal Opportunity Injury
Sports injuries happen to the best, and most fit of us, from professional athletes to neighborhood softball league stars. Sometimes, they’re benign like a sprain or a pulled muscle. But other times, an injury is more complex, such as a sports hernia. Deep tissue tears resulting from sharp movements, diagnosed as sports hernias, affect athletes of all ages, sizes and skill levels. And sports hernias are gender neutral. They affect both men and women.
A sports hernia is less common than many other injuries, and even professionals have difficulty pinpointing one. In the simplest possible terms, a sports hernia happens when there is a tear in the abdominal muscles. It affects the groin and lower trunk area, which is part of the “core” that keeps us stable. Unlike a traditional hernia, it doesn’t cause a hole in the abdominal wall. However, this can also…
Warning Signs: It Might Be a Sports Hernia
Pain, bruising and restricted movement are all warning signs of a sports hernia, but are often attributed to other injuries. Sometimes, minor symptoms can seem easy to ignore. But a sports hernia won’t go away on its own, so it’s critical to pay attention to the warning signs and seek treatment early. Don’t delay when it comes to seeking out an expert opinion from a sports hernia specialist. Early diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between a quick return and a season spent on the sidelines.
So, when should you consider seeing a sports hernia specialist? Here are a few warning signs:
- Sharp pain. Sports hernias happen when muscles in the lower abdominal area tear. This can cause pain when those muscles are used. The pain is usually sharp, although it can be hard to pinpoint its source. Twisting or quick…
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While getting a correct sports hernia diagnosis can be difficult, sports hernia repair surgery is more straightforward. There are two types of procedures: traditional open surgery and mesh repair. Using mesh to repair sports hernias is a newer approach that claims to give an advantage over traditional repair methods. Claims is the operative word there.
Before settling on one solution, it’s critical to speak with your sports hernia specialist. Rest and physical therapy, the most common treatments, are not complicated. Sometimes though, surgery is needed to fully repair the muscle tear. Surgery can effectively treat a sports hernia, but it’s important to choose the right approach of the two available.
Mesh repair surgery has grown in popularity in recent years, but popularity doesn’t always translate to results. Surgical mesh is medical-grade material designed for surgical use. While mesh can increase the strength of…