If you are an athlete, you may find that constant physical activity can cause hernias. This happens when the muscles in your lower abdomen tear. This causes pain in your lower abdomen and can prevent you from playing your sport properly.
Often, more men than women get sports hernias. You might not notice right away if you have a sports hernia because the pain will usually start gradually. However, any athletic activity, such as twisting, lifting, or straining, will cause the muscles to tear even more. These are microscopic tears.
Doing frequent activity puts you at a higher risk than lower-intensity activity. For example, if you are a runner who sprints, then you are more likely to get a sports hernia than someone who only does long-distance running.
The symptoms of sports hernias often vary. However, they can include pain on one side of your abdomen or on the entire lower abdomen. When you are coughing or sneezing, the pain will often worsen. To get a diagnosis, you will have a physical exam and a medical history.
During the exam, the chiropractor will test to see if you have tenderness in your lower abdomen or top of your groin. Sometimes, you will have other tests done to rule out any other conditions.
Initially, your chiropractor will advise you to rest the area. You will also receive chiropractic physiotherapy and potentially a support belt for your abdomen. Your chiropractor will show you how to do special exercises to help the symptoms go away. With this treatment, you can expect the symptoms to go away within a few weeks or so. However, if you did not get chiropractic treatment, you might not recover for two to six months or even longer.
To improve your range of motion, you might have joint manipulation performed. This can help you avoid future injuries and improve your overall mobility. Soft tissue manipulation will help you recover too.
Once you have had the initial care, you can use an ice pack on the area for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. This should be done three to four times each day. This can minimize your discomfort. In some cases, if these treatments do not work, you might need to have surgery. In the surgery, the surgeon will attach the lower abdominal muscles and the connective tissue again. The surgeon might also loosen your hip muscles.
If you are an athlete and have a sports hernia, do not wait to get treatment. Your muscles may continue to tear, and you will only feel constant pain. However, with chiropractic care, you can find yourself healing much faster than you would otherwise.
For more information, give USA Sports Medicine in Sherman Oaks, CA or Arcadia, CA or Woodland Hills, CA or West Hills, CA a call today to get your consultation. We can work with you to help you develop a treatment plan that will meet each of your unique needs.