Also known as athletic pubalgia, a sports hernia is caused by strain and tension on the tendons and muscles that exist in the groin or lower abdomen area. It is a prevalent issue among athletes as it often develops after the tearing or stretching of a muscle, such as when an activity involves overextending, twisting, or a sudden change in speed or direction of a movement. At Sports Hernia Texas, Dr. Anthony Echo provides diagnostic testing and innovative treatment options in order to alleviate the pain associated with a sports hernia. He understands that a sports hernia can be debilitating and keep you from participating in the activities you enjoy, which is why he offers personalized treatment plans specifically for your needs. If you believe that you are suffering from a sports hernia, we encourage you to contact our Houston, TX facility to learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo and his skilled team.
Candidates for a sports hernia repair procedure may be exhibiting various symptoms, including:
- Chronic, debilitating pain
- Pain that becomes worse with physical activity
- Radiating pain in the lower abdomen or groin areas
- Increased pain when coughing or sneezing
- No bulge or swelling is prevalent, ruling out an inguinal hernia diagnosis
In order to properly diagnose a sports hernia, Dr. Echo will conduct a thorough physical examination and may also suggest an x-ray, an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI if the severity of the injury is unclear. Digital imaging may also be beneficial to classify the source of the pain as both abdominal and groin injuries can exhibit symptoms in surrounding locations.
Prior to recommending a surgical approach for treating a sports hernia, Dr. Echo may recommend a less invasive method, depending on the severity of your injury. This may be as simple as resting, applying ice the area to reduce swelling, or taking prescription medications to alleviate pain. Physical therapy may also be beneficial to aid in strengthening and exercising the injured muscles.
When surgery becomes necessary to treat a sports hernia, Dr. Echo utilizes the innovative Muschaweck minimal tension repair technique, which eliminates the need for a surgical mesh and the associated complications. Performed under local anesthesia combined with sedation, the Muschaweck method uses a special suturing technique to repair the deteriorated muscle and allows for quicker recovery time and less discomfort following surgery. Dr. Echo is one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States who is skilled in performing sports hernia repair with the Muschaweck technique. To learn more about the Muschaweck technique, click the button below.
What to Expect
During a nonsurgical treatment process, you may need to attend follow-up appointments at our facility so that Dr. Echo can evaluate your progress and determine if surgical treatment may be necessary. With the use of the Muschaweck technique for hernia repair, patients can expect to start with some physical activity within two days after surgery and return to their normal routine within 14 days. Following any form of treatment, a member of our team will let you know what you can expect and give you appropriate aftercare instructions to ensure that you heal properly and in a timely manner. We also encourage you to contact our facility if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery process.
Innovative Treatment Methods
A sports hernia can be both painful and debilitating. Thankfully, board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo can provide you with an accurate method of treatment to allow you to return to your normal daily physical activities. We invite you to contact our facility in Houston to learn more about sports hernia repair and to schedule a consultation.
Post-operative groin pain solutions
Groin pain after inguinal hernia surgery is not uncommon regardless of the type of repair.Read
Post Operative Pain: Inguinal Hernia Surgery with Mesh
Chronic pain after inguinal hernia or sports hernia surgery occurs in approximately 2-4% of all patients who undergo the procedure.Read
Mesh versus No Mesh for Inguinal Hernia Repairs
Mesh is commonly used with inguinal hernia repairs through an open or laparoscopic approach to reinforce the weakened inguinal floor.Read
How is the Muschaweck repair different?
There are several different types of non-mesh repair techniques for sports hernias or inguinal hernias.Read