How to Prepare and Make the Most Out of Your Sports Hernia Appointment with Dr. Brown
After weeks or months of frustration and misdirection, you’re finally making headway. You’ve scheduled an appointment with the renowned sports hernia doctor in California, Dr. William Brown. How should you prepare for the appointment? How can you help it go more smoothly? How can you get the most out of your time with the doctor and get on the path to recovery? Ensuring a productive appointment is all in the preparation.
During your appointment, be prepared to provide the physician with as much information as possible about your condition and injury. It’s important that the details be communicated in a clear and accurate way. For this reason, you may be asked to fill out several forms detailing symptoms, medical history and a complete background of your current injury.
Have a complete history…
Just Follow Your Local Professional Sports Team
Sports hernias are referred to as such because they tend to afflict athletes ranging from hockey players to ballet dancers. Though sports hernias are common sports injuries, they are still rather difficult to diagnose and it’s even harder to find a physician specializing in their surgical repair.
Choosing the wrong physician can result in a longer recovery period or in the worse case, additional injury. What is the best way to go about finding an expert in sports hernia repair? Follow your local professional sports team.
With careers, seasons and hefty contracts on the line, professional sports teams aren’t about to leave their athletes’ care to just anyone. Teams put a lot of effort into building their rosters and equal effort into keeping their players at their peaks. It’s similar to finding the perfect auto mechanic or accountant. You seek out those with…
Sports hernia repair begins with selecting a qualified doctor – and ends with a trip to California
Since there are so few sports hernia repair experts in the medical field, it’s quite common for patients to travel from out of state to see Dr. Brown. 50% of his patients in any given year either find Dr. Brown on the Internet or are referred to him by others with sports hernia repair experience.
With so many patients coming in from out of state, Dr. Brown’s staff doubles as quasi travel planners, or concierges at the least. While our main goal is to medically care for you before, during and after your sports hernia repair, we also want to make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed during your visit to Dr. Brown’s main office in Fremont, California, located in the East Bay.
Dealing with paperwork and insurance should be the least of…
Involving Adductor Tenotomy, Ilioinguinal Neurectomy and Osteitis Pubis
An appendix follows this protocol for examples of exercises in each phase of rehabilitation. There is little research available on the protocol for sports hernia rehabilitation. The following protocol is what I have found to be successful in rehabilitation of a post operative sports hernia repair.
Additional information and resources can be attained through Dr. Brown at (https://www.sportshernia.com/meet-dr-brown/) or through my contact information listed below:
Ryan Monagle, PT, DPT
Personally Fit, Inc.
Download the Rehabilitation of a Sports Hernia protocol (pdf format).
We thank Ryan Monagle for this submission and valuable contribution.
The best single test to evaluate for athletic pubalgia is an MRI with the athletic pubalgia protocol. If your doctor is unfamiliar with the protocol, below is a link to an article discussing how to do the MRI and how to interpret the images. On page 9 the MRI settings are listed.
You may print the article and give to your radiologist:
The adductor muscles are located on the medial aspect of the thigh. These muscles adduct the hip joint. Of the adductor muscles, the adductor longus is the most commonly injured. This is because of its limited attachments at the pubic bone and poor mechanical advantage. An injury results in pain high on the inside of the thigh with sports (especially soccer and hockey). The pain can be reproduced by active contraction and palpation of the adductor longus tendon at it origin. Prevention, involves pre-season training to improve the strength of the adductors relative to the abductors and improved flexibility. Once injured, the tendon is very slow to heal because of a poor blood supply at its origin.
Conservative treatment consists of analgesics to control discomfort with active physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails then steroid injections can be helpful. An operation is sometimes required, if other treatments have failed. Surgery…