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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

Sports Hernias and Teenagers

Time Between Sports Hernia Injury and Treatment is an Eternity

The quicker the diagnosis the better for teenagers.

sports hernia teenagerAny parent who has raised or is raising children knows teenagers are not the epitomes of patience. This is especially the case when they are in pain and that pain is hindering them from doing what they want to do. Also, a parent with a teenager struggling with an undiagnosed injury feels the child’s frustration and pain as much, if not more so, than the teen.

We get it. We have children too. And with the media’s attention on high school athletes’ injuries lately, collectively, we’re on guard (as medical professionals and parents) whenever teenagers complain of pain. Teens are not immune to a sports hernia, despite their resiliency and strength.

If your teenager has severe abdominal pain (either side), your general practitioner or pediatrician might order further testing to rule out…

Sports Hernia Specialist Helps Boston Marathon Runners


Boston Marathon Runners Attribute Dr. William Brown, Sports Hernia Specialist, With Getting Them Back in the Race

FREMONT, CA. November 17, 2015. Two runners who competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors, attribute their ability to compete to Dr. William Brown, a renowned sports hernia specialist and surgeon. Both competitors underwent surgery less than a year before last April’s annual marathon that draws over 30,000 athletes from around the world.

The Marathon’s course run 26 miles 385 yards long and is considered to be on of the most difficult among marathons, due in part to Heartbreak Hill’s ascent. This hill falls between the 20 and 21-mile marks and is believed to be the point at which runners’ glycogen stores in the muscles are depleted.

To run in the Boston Marathon is a dream for many runners and completing it is an…

Sports Hernias and Retirement

A Sports Hernia Shouldn’t Sideline an Active Retirement

sports hernia retirementI’m not quite there yet, but I’m closer now to retirement than I am to the beginning of my career in medicine. Like many others, I have an idea of what my retirement will be like. I receive questions from retirees who’ve had their retirement sidelined by injury. These are active people who are fit, but after an injury they are suddenly unable to continue playing the sports and doing the activities they love.

It’s ironic considering they finally have the time to enjoy these sports more. Which makes it all the more important to seek treatment immediately. Unfortunately, many wait weeks or months before scheduling an appointment with their doctor, thinking the pain will go away with rest. Since sports hernias are difficult for many physicians to diagnose and repair, some go far too long dealing with the pain and give…

The Hockey Player’s Guide to Sports Hernias

hockey-player-25828606_sWith hockey season fast approaching, pros and beer leaguers alike are preparing to do battle between the boards. Along with the inevitable bumps and bruises come another common, painful injury that’s prevalent among hockey players – the sports hernia or inguinal disruption.

Sports hernias impact professional and amateur hockey players alike at every level of their game. No player is immune considering well-known NHL athletes like Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Bernier, Matt Cooke and Andrew Ladd have all been sidelined while recovering from sports hernias they developed during the 2014/2015 season.

Why hockey players are at high risk of developing sports hernias?

To understand why sports hernias are so common among hockey players, it’s important to understand what a sports hernia actual is and isn’t.

A “typical” non-sports related hernia occurs when soft tissue (such as the intestines) protrudes through a weaken area the abdominal muscles, resulting in a visible bulge…

Recommended Diet after Sports Hernia Surgery

Essential Foods to Speed Recovery from Sports Hernia Repair Surgery

healthy-lifestyle-37820889_sEvery athlete knows that one of the keys to performing at his or her best is a well-balanced, nutritious diet. As the old saying goes “an engine can’t run without fuel,” but many fail to realize that after sports hernia repair surgery the demands on the body are as great or greater than they ever will be on the ice, track, field or in the gym.

Many take the opportunity, since they are sidelined, to take a break from their healthy eating habits. If you’re thinking about joining that camp, don’t. This is one of the worst things you can do and will only prolong your recovery. Not to mention cause you to endure any pain for a longer period of time.

To get yourself back in the game after your sports hernia repair surgery, stick to your healthy eating…

How Are Your Testicles?

Many athletes with sports hernias often report a component of their pain involves the testicle. The pain is usually characterized by an ache and swelling of the testicle after aggressive physical activity or sex.  Pain usually gets better with rest. Shorts that provide scrotal support and ice bags are also often helpful.  Many athletes have seen a urologist, who report that the genital examination is normal.  Ultrasound of the scrotum and testicle is normal.

In my experience, many of these athletes have scarring between the posterior aspect of the spermatic cord and the pubic tubercle. This can be easily identified on physical examination by gentle traction on the testicle, and noticing that the spermatic cord no longer slides over the pubic tubercle. In these athletes, it is important at the time of surgery to examine the spermatic cord at the pubic tubercle. …

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