Why Dr. William Brown Does Sports Hernia Recovery Best
Sports hernia injuries tend to heal very slowly if at all.
A sports hernia injury is complex, requires specialized surgical repair and expertise in the recovery plan. Sports hernias occur when there is a tear in the abdominal or groin muscles area. Often, this results in chronic pain and rarely a visible or palpable bulge. The pain is often in the inguinal region or groin. Rest often helps; but the pain tends returns quickly with activity. Athletes often ignore the injury because when they are not active there is minimal pain and they are used to dealing with some pain during activity. Eventually the athlete seeks advice. Unfortunately, getting a correct diagnosis can be a painful process all on its own. Athletes can bounce between multiple physicians before seeing an experienced specialist like Dr. Brown, delaying their recovery for weeks and even months.
Once a sports hernia is accurately diagnosed, the path to get back to activity begins. Rest and physical therapy are often the first options, but many patients choose surgery. Recovering from surgery can be a six- to eight-week process, but in most cases, following a strict recovery plan allows athletes to return more quickly to their normal training routine.
Dr. Brown has spent years treating athletes with sports hernias. His expertise allows you to consider many alternative routes to recovery and personalize a plan for you. In addition, Dr. Brown’s office works with every athlete to address any concerns that may come up to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
The key to successfully recovering from a sports hernia injury is perseverance. Although after searching for weeks, a diagnosis can seem like the answer, it’s only the beginning. With some physicians, treatment begins and ends with surgery. On the other hand, Dr. Brown works with patients throughout the entire recovery process to ensure that they return to full strength.
With an experienced sports hernia specialist like Dr. Brown, you can get back to the sport you love, more aware and balanced than before.
What is the recovery from the open hernia surgery like?
How long is the recovery period? Can a patient walk and function soon or does it take a long time to recover and move around?
Is recovery painful? Does the pain go away after surgery?
I think I might have a sports hernia and a regular hernia on the same side, something hurts in the groin but is not healing despite months of rest.
Those are all good questions. At the time of surgery, local anesthetic is injected so that there is no pain for about 18 hours. When the anesthetic wears off, you will need some pain medication such as Tramadol. Most athletes switch to Advil or Tylenol after 2 to 3 days. You will be able to walk right after surgery. You can drive a car when off of the pain medications. Most athletes start aerobic exercise at three weeks and are starting to play their sport at six weeks. If you want to discuss your injury in more detail, please contact me.