A sports hernia is an often painful soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. Although they share a name, a sports hernia is not the same as a traditional hernia. With a sports hernia, a soft tissue, whether it be muscle, tendon, or ligament, in the lower abdominal or groin area has been strained or torn. The medical community often refers to this type of injury as an athletic pubalgia, since may be different tissues affected in each and every instance of the injury.
Causes of Sports Hernia
This type of injury is often brought on by sporting participation. Sports like football, soccer, and basketball, where the athlete is twisting, turning, sprinting, behind forward, and kicking, provide higher risks of suffering from a sports hernia. The sports medicine experts here at NJOI can treat your sports hernia in the most effective way to get you back out on the field or court in no time. Nonsurgical treatments include 7-10 days of rest with an ice and compression regiment, 4-6 weeks of physical therapy, and anti-inflammatories. When conservative treatments do not provide the desired results, a short hernia repair will be performed by the NJOI team. This procedure, according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery, has a greater than 90% success rate for patients being able to return to the sport where they initially suffered the injury.