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 most common culprits is a pulled groin injury. Very similar to a sports hernia, a pulled groin (also known as a groin strain) happens when the muscles in the groin and thigh area are subjected to too much stress. This can result in tissue damage or in severe cases, a muscle tear. Common symptoms of a groin strain include pain when moving your hips and tenderness in the area.

Both sports hernias and pulled or strained groin injuries occur with activity, both athletic and everyday movements. Sports hernias are often the result of quick movements, like changes in direction or twists and turns. Pulled groin injuries can happen in many similar situations. Both injuries affect athletes regardless of sport, but most commonly occur while participating in hockey, dance, or running. As the two are so similar, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two.

For an accurate diagnosis and quicker return to full health, it’s crucial to see a physician who specializes in treating sports hernias. Specific expertise can help determine the extent of your injury and if it really is a sports hernia. By consulting a specialist, you’ll receive an expert opinion that you can trust. Dr. Brown and his staff have years of experience diagnosing and treating sports hernia injuries. His team of experts can assist you in finding the right path to recovery.

When it comes to getting back to your sport or just your normal routine, it can be tempting to dismiss what seems like a small injury. But if you start to suspect it might be something more, consulting a sports hernia specialist can provide peace of mind.