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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

Glossary of Sports Hernia Terms: Part 2

With sports hernias so often misdiagnosed and the injury often misunderstood by athletes and physicians alike, it’s helpful having a glossary of sports hernia-related terminology for easy reference.

Fully understanding the underlying issues surrounding sports hernias can help end chronic pain for the athlete and result in a quicker, accurate diagnosis and treatment. Any athlete who suffers chronic groin pain that is aggravated by sports and subsides with rest should be strongly considered to have a sports hernia.

Adductor release: Adductor release involves moving the adductor tendon from its bony attachment to the pubic bone and reattachment to the adductor brevis muscle.  This moves the tendon only a few centimeters, but allows the tendon to heal quickly. It has the added benefit of decreasing the stress on the symphysis pubis and thereby decreasing the pain associated with osteitis pubis.  Athletes do not have any loss of strength and…

Glossary of Sports Hernia Terms: Part 1

A sports hernia is different than a traditional hernia. A sports hernia is a tear or strain of the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments in the groin and lower abdominal wall.  The cause is most often sports that involve acceleration and cutting. 

The physicians have multiple names for this injury such as athletic pubalgia, inguinal disruption, groin strain, Gilmore groin, or sports hernia.  The use of multiple terms for the injury causes confusion among both physicians and athletes.

We compiled a list of common terms used by physicians and sports hernia surgeons, along with their definitions, to help you better understand your injury and diagnosis.

Entrapment of the Ilioinguinal nerve: The ilioinguinal nerve passes between the external oblique aponeurosis and the internal oblique muscle.  Then the oblique muscles tear, this can cause the nerve to be stretch or pinched.  This is called entrapment of the nerve.…

Sports Hernias Don’t Affect Skiers…Do They?

Skiers & Snowboarders are Susceptible to Sports Hernias

skier-snowboarder-can-get-sports-herniaWhen you play hockey, run, dance, or swim, you’re at risk of suffering a sports hernia injury. Each of these activities includes the fast twisting and turning movements that are responsible for most sports hernias. But just because your sport of choice doesn’t involve the obvious culprits, doesn’t mean you’re safe from sports hernias.

Sudden changes in direction, quick shifting of weight, and rapid movements contribute to sports hernia injuries too. Sound familiar to you snowboarders and skiers?

When swooshing down a slope on skis, added strain is placed on your core to maintain balance. The lower abdominal muscles have to work harder to keep you upright when gravity is pulling you down. The more stress is placed on your lower core and groin area, the higher the risk that you might sustain a sports hernia injury.

Snowboarding requires many of the…

Sports Hernia or Pulled Groin?

Misdiagnosing a Sports Hernia as a Pulled Groin

pulled-groinn-sports-hernia-confusionSports hernia injuries are quite common in athletes of all sports, shapes, and sizes. Also common is their misdiagnosis. So many of the patients we hear from, and eventually treat, are diagnosed with a pulled groin, but when the pain continues, obviously something else is going on. Many athletes go through weeks of visits to doctors and specialists before finally receiving the correct diagnosis mostly because of the lack of visible symptoms with a sports hernia.

Common markers of a sports hernia injury include chronic pain that can subside, but returns with activity, often worse than before. Aches and a stretching feeling in the lower abdomen are other key signs of a sports hernia. In some cases, a small bulge will be visible, but not always, and is more common in male athletes.

Sports hernias are frequently misdiagnosed, and one of the…

Hockey Sports Hernia Season is in Full Swing

7014299_sTaking a bruising, battering, and beating – hockey is a rough sport. Players are constantly running into walls, and one another on purpose and on accident. Hockey players get used to injuries. Over the course of a season, it’s not uncommon to see broken bones, sprains or tears, not to mention lots and lots of bruises and maybe a few missing teeth. One injury that’s a sideline certainty: a sports hernia, also known as an inguinal disruption. Not only can a sports hernia injury be painful, but it can also turn a star player into a bench-warmer. Knowing how to prevent sports hernia injuries from happening and what to do if one does occur can keep you on the ice.

An inguinal disruption is an injury that happens when the soft tissue in the groin area is torn. Common symptoms include a visible weakness, pain when moving, and deep…

Diet Supports Sports Hernia Prevention & Recovery

Yet Another Good Reason to Keep Up Those New Year’s Resolution

32305124_sFebruary can be the month where New Year’s resolutions often go to die. All those promises to cut down or out the foods and habits that sabotage your health lose their importance. As the novelty of the New Year wears off, even the best of us can waver in our resolve. Even if it has become difficult to keep your diet resolutions, the advantages of eating healthy are still significant and worth getting back on track for. A healthy diet not only provides innumerable benefits to your body, but can also help you avoid sports hernia injuries.

An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but it’ll take more than a piece of fruit to keep a sports hernia injury at bay. The refrain that every athlete has heard for years – a balanced, nutritious diet…

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