One sub-type of inguinal hernia that can be difficult to diagnose is the sports hernia. Sports hernias result from muscular injury seen with repetitive twisting and turning at high speeds, and is often associated with athletic pursuits like tennis, hockey, and soccer. Sports hernias can present with more soreness and pain throughout the groin area and may spread into the genital area rather than a distinct swelling or bulging in the groin. Left untreated, a sports hernia may worsen to an inguinal hernia, and abdominal organs may press against the weakened soft tissues to form a visible bulge.
A sports hernia will usually cause severe pain in the groin area at the time of the injury. The pain typically gets better with rest, but returns when returning to sports activity, especially with twisting movements. Typically, sports hernias present with pain symptoms similar to an inguinal/groin hernia:
Patients should proceed to the doctor if they believe they have a sports hernia.
Some of these injuries will get better without surgery, but most will require surgery. Without treatment, this injury can result in chronic pain that may prevent participation in future sports activities. At the practice, the doctor is skilled in laparoscopic surgery which is used to address the sports hernia. During a laparoscopic procedure trochars, which are thin, tube-like instruments, are used to to work inside the person’s body with the aid of a camera. This allows the doctor to make the incision as small as possible. This minimally invasive surgery is much easier to heal from.
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