Sports Hernia Questions

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Think You Need to See a Sports Hernia Specialist? Take This Quiz!

sports hernia quizYou’re down with a mystery injury. Call it an ache, a sprain or a twisted who-knows-what, but you’ve been injured and ice and a WebMD search just isn’t cutting it this time. Once you’ve ruled out all the usual suspects, it can be hard to figure out what’s actually wrong. One possibility you might not have considered? A sports hernia. This type of injury is often overlooked, and is notoriously hard to diagnose, even for physicians.

A sports hernia occurs when a muscle or tissue in the lower abdomen or groin area is torn. This usually happens as a result of a twisting movement or a sudden change in direction. Athletes with an increased risk of sports hernia include those just starting or changing activities that haven’t built up the necessary flexibility or core strength. But regardless of…

Teenagers and Sports Hernias

Parents’ Guide to Sports Hernias in Teens

teens and sports herniasTeenagers and sports are seemingly synonymous. Sometimes, it can seem like your kids are going in an endless circle from school, to practice, and to games or competitions. But like with any athlete, preventing injury should be a number one concern, especially for teenagers. With such busy schedules, it can seem like teens often move from one commitment to another quickly, and without taking time to rest or focus on health. Even though teenagers may have a reputation for bouncing back easily, they’re not immune to sports hernia injuries.

With summer training camps and team conditioning coming up, there’s never been a better time to focus on prevention. The usual advice they’ll hear from coaches applies: eat a healthy, balanced diet, drinks lots of water, and pay attention to your health. But when it comes to sports hernias, most teenagers are in the…

Questions About Sports Hernias?

There are No “Stupid Questions”

sports hernia questionsSports hernias are some of the most common injuries suffered by athletes, but some of the least understood by physicians. In all sports, injury prevention is key, and avoiding sports hernias is no exception. But how can athletes work toward preventing sports hernias while knowing so little about the injury itself?

Sports hernia injuries are complicated. They’re painful, they’re difficult to describe, and they don’t go away, no matter how much you ice that area. Recovery is often a long, frustrating path. Even the first step, finding a doctor with the right expertise to diagnose a sports hernia, can be more difficult than expected. But the first step is the most important, as it’s the right doctor who can get you back to your prime.  

Ask questions and gather accurate information. An experienced sports hernia specialist like Dr. Brown is a terrific source.…

Understanding Groin Pain

What is the Cause of Groin Pain?

The most common cause of groin pain is an injury to the adductor longus tendon, for two reasons. First, the adductor longus has the greater angle of attachment than other hip adductors.  So with abduction of the hip, the adductor longus is the first of the hip adductors to feel the strain.  Second, the adductor longus has a very narrow attachment to the bone when compared to the other hip adductors. 

This injury is most commonly experienced by athletes involved in sports that have rapid changes in direction, such as soccer and hockey.  The pain will be high on the inside of the thigh and get worse with adduction of the hip against resistance.  Jogging or running in a straight line usually does not cause pain.  Often, the pain will get better with rest.

 On physical…

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.…

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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