Sports Hernia Rehabilitation – Six Weeks to Recovery

Six-Week Rehabilitation Program for a Remarkable Sports Hernia Surgery Recovery (Part 2)

Sports Hernia Rehabilitation - part 2In our last post, we covered your rehabilitation program for weeks one through three. Today, we conclude this article with weeks four through six.

Week 4: Mix in functional rehabilitation activities

  • Do mobility work, both active and passive
  • Do stability work
  • Add hydrotherapy
  • Do cardiovascular exercises
  • Swimming is okay
  • Cycling is okay
  • Initiate a running program, progressing from aerobic to anaerobic over the next 3 weeks
  •  Do submaximal to maximal isometric hip work (isokinetics if available) using bias towards presurgical isokinetic test results as guide
  • Begin active concentric work once 25% or lower deficit between limbs
  • Additional functional rehabilitation activities can include those unique or complementary to your sport. Again, if you’re unsure, check with your doctor or therapist.

Week 5: Re‐educate your muscles

  • Return to active assisted work to re‐educate concentric/eccentric functional pattern
  • Progress your week 4 functional rehabilitation work
  • Begin early sport/occupation‐specific rehabilitation phase (for runners this could involve running forwards, backwards, cutting and sprinting)

Week 6: Return to play and work according to your functional ability

  • Add a concentric and eccentric lower limb muscle workout
  • Continue with manual, Cliniband and isokinetics
  • Do general weights work with abdominal belt and lumbar support
  • Soccer players enter full soccer‐specific rehabilitation

Visit our website for complete instructions, including a downloadable PDF.

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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