A Sports Hernia by Any Other Name is Still as Painful
A sharp, shooting pain around the groin that gets worse when you sneeze, exercise, cough, lift something heavy, or play sports. Could be anything. Could be a pulled muscle, an overworked area, a strained ligament. But what if it doesn’t go away, even after you have rested given the injury a chance to heal?
It could be very possible that it’s a sports hernia injury. This often-misdiagnosed condition affects many athletes, but very few can immediately pinpoint it. In fact, very few doctors even know what they’re looking for. Regardless, it’s a very real, very painful condition for those suffering.
The pain associated with sports hernias typically feels like a sharp pain in the lower groin area, the thigh, or the testicles. The pain is usually only on one side, and may get temporarily better if the athlete takes…
Warming Up to Warm Weather Sports Without Injury
It’s heating up all over the country, and for many, that means taking up summer sports again. With these warm seasons come tennis, running, basketball, and soccer, among others. Warmer weather also brings more activity for weekend warriors who love to spend their spare time being active.
Because so many are getting back into their sports habits, it’s a good time of year to be very aware of recognizing the signs of a sports hernia. A sports hernia can be a “hidden” injury since it’s not noticeable by the eye—only by the pain it causes. (Regular hernias can be detected by a bulge under the skin, but sports hernias do not have a bulge.)
Sports hernias develop due to the repetitive, quick movements that many sports require, as well as athletic twisting and turning while playing. And summertime is a good…
Dr. Brown was recently interviewed by AP journalist Stephen Whyno on the long term effects a sports hernia can have on a professional hockey player. Read the full story here.
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The Anatomy of a Sports Hernia
Did you know that athletes can get a specific type of hernia that’s different than a regular hernia? It’s called athletic pubalgia, or more commonly, a “sports hernia.” This type of hernia gets its name from the fact that it develops from the movements athletes perform to play sports: the repetitive turning, twisting, and fast movements that come with tennis, running, basketball, wrestling, football, hockey, and soccer. Although sports hernias are associated more with professional players, they can also develop in anyone who is physically active in sports.
A sports hernia occurs when a tendon, a muscle or a ligament in the lower abdomen or groin tears. Although having more developed core muscles helps, even players in absolute great shape can develop a sports hernia.
Because a sports hernia doesn’t create a bulge under the skin like a regular hernia does—and in fact doesn’t…
Complicated Diagnosis Process Affects Sports Hernia Patients
There is no lack of cases in which an athlete suffers from sharp, persistent pain in the groin area that no doctor seems to be able to diagnose. Athletes are told it’s a strained muscle, a torn ligament, hyper-tension or a sprain. But one they most likely have not heard of is a sports hernia. Why? Because many doctors aren’t aware there is such a condition.
Sports hernias are much more common than many physicians believe, and they can be tricky to diagnose—but they’re real. And the pain and debilitation is real, too. This pain can affect the lower abdomen, groin, thigh, or for men, the testicles. It intensifies when playing, and can disrupt daily life.
Here are a few reasons why sports hernias can be tough to diagnose:
The Visual Aid. Sports hernias don’t present like a regular hernia. Sometimes there’s…