May 2021

Sports Hernia 

Chronic groin pain is a common complaint amongst both competitive and recreational athletes. Clinically known as athletic pubalgia, a sports hernia is distinctly different from a typical inguinal hernia.


A sports hernia involves a tear or weakness of a muscle or tendon of the lower abdominal region. Unlike a traditional hernia there will not be bulging in the area of complaint and it will not show up on an MRI or ultrasound. For these reasons most sports hernias go misdiagnosed as a chronic groin strain.

Symptoms of a sports hernia:
·   Aching pain in lower abdomen or groin
·   Increased pain with activity
·   Increased pain with coughing or sneezing
·   Increased stiffness/soreness after activity

Sports hernias are most common in sports that require aggressive hip extension, twisting or turning, such as sprinting, ice hockey, football and soccer.


Conservative treatments include:
· Rest (4-6 weeks), Ice, NSAIDS

Surgery is recommended when conservative methods fail. Between 65-90% of athletes return to their sport after about 8 weeks post surgically.


Active Performance Chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Treatment is a unique blend of Active Release Techniques®, traditional chiropractic therapy, and physical rehabilitation designed to match each patient’s goals and lifestyle.