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  • Sports Hernia, Diagnostic Test to confirm

    Would a CT with contrast and an ultrasound be sufficient to establish a diagnosis of sports hernia? If not, what test is required?
    If a sports hernia is confirmed, what are the treatment options? My guess is starting with rest and physical therapy, but I am also curious about other treatments that might be recommended prior to any surgical intervention....massage therapy, nerve blocks, etc etc.

    I apologize if this is a redundant post, I did a search and did not find the exact answers.

    Thank you for your assistance, I appreciate any advice.


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    I hope it's okay to post a link to another site here. I think that this site is more about real hernias, of which the "sports hernia" is not one. A sports hernia does not involve abdominal contents getting pushed through an abdominal wall in to an area it doesn't belong. It's more of a muscle/nerve damage problem, as I understand it. It's not a real hernia.

    Here's a link with a huge thread about sports hernias, with some content about real hernias. http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_re...?thread=559820

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    • #3
      Thanks for the link. It's really a lot of information to be found there. I had posted here as my son has in the past consulted with one of the physicians who posts here and I know her to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks again.

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      • #4
        A real sports hernia is a tear of the muscle. MRI is the best for this diagnosis.

        Surgery is last on the the list of treatments. First it's rest and anti-inflammatories. Next may be injections.
        #ItsNotJustAHernia
        www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com

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        • #5
          Thank you for the reply, Dr. Towfigh. IF it should turn out to be a sports hernia, are there any recommendations you can make as to a healthcare provider in the Phoenix area who can diagnose, and who is experienced with injections? You may recall the situation - recurring pain after letting a weight (dumbbell) strike the site of an old incision scar.

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          • #6
            Injections are typically performed by a pain management specialist. Sometimes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors, and general surgeons do them, but not as a routine.

            Sorry, I don't know of any in Az. Perhaps call your local sports medicine doctor or orthopedic surgeon and ask who they recommend.
            #ItsNotJustAHernia
            www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com

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