Can a sports hernia heal on its own?
A sports hernia is often confused with and misdiagnosed as a groin strain. A strain will usually heal on its own in two to six weeks. A sports hernia is differentiated from the classic inguinal hernia in that there is no observable hernia bulge, and in some cases recovery will require surgery.
How is a sports hernia treated?
Sports Hernia Treatment
Resting from activity, anti-inflammatory medications, ice treatments, and physical therapy can all be tried in an effort to alleviate the patient’s symptoms. 2 Strengthening of the pelvic and abdominal musculature is sometimes effective in relieving symptoms.
What is the difference between a sports hernia and a hernia?
Sports hernias and inguinal hernias present themselves in the same area—the lower abdomen. However, an inguinal hernia is specific to the inguinal canal, just north of the groin region. Abdominal tendons, muscles and ligaments form the canal. Sports hernias are related to weakened abdominal muscles.
How do you check for a hernia?
Your doctor will check for a bulge in the groin area. Because standing and coughing can make a hernia more prominent, you’ll likely be asked to stand and cough or strain. If the diagnosis isn’t readily apparent, your doctor might order an imaging test, such as an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan or MRI.