Hello Dr. Brown,
I wanted to give you an update on how I’ve progressed since you repaired my torn right internal/external oblique muscles the first week of February (2011).
I approached my rehab conservatively concentrating on strengthening my core muscles, improving hip range of motion, and undergoing several head to toe deep tissue massage sessions to address problem areas such as my adductors. I was able to return to light swimming and biking in March and gradually added in some light trail running. My return to running has focused using proper form concentrating on forefoot striking with shorter strides (vs. heel striking and over-striding). I’ve also bought into the minimalist running shoe philosophy which aids in a more natural, shock absorbing, forefoot strike. This past Sunday I competed in my first triathlon since surgery and did surprisingly well, finishing 15th out of 107 in my age group!
As you mention on your very informative website, a Sports Hernia is a multifaceted injury with many contributing factors. I could tell very soon after surgery that your repair resolved the worst of my symptoms allowing me to return to an active lifestyle. Thanks again for all your help.
Greg – Lakeland, TN