Sports Hernia

Sports hernias are injuries that occur in athletes who perform a lot of twisting or sudden changes in direction. They are typically found when performing activities like hockey, wrestling or soccer. Unlike a traditional hernia, a sports hernia is a tear or strain of the soft tissue (i.e. muscle or tendon) in the groin or lower abdomen.

If left untreated, a sports hernia can cause chronic pain that can restrict movement. If it worsens, it can eventually prevent you from participating in sports. The experts at Rex Surgical Specialists can help determine the best options to effectively treat your injury.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Conservative treatment is often the first option for a sports hernia. Nonsurgical treatment includes:

  • Rest and ice for a week or so after the injury occurs.
  • After a period of rest, physicial therapy can help improve strength and flexibility and reduce pain.
  • Medications used for treating a sports hernia include anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and, possibly, cortisone shots.

Surgical Options

If you are still in pain after a month to six weeks, your doctor may talk with you about surgical options. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 90% of people who undergo surgery for a sports hernia are eventually able to resume their sports program.

  • Surgery for a sports hernia consists of repairing the torn tissue through traditional surgery or endoscopy.
  • After surgery, your doctor will recommend a rehabilitation program.
  • Most people are able to return to their sport six to 12 weeks after the procedure.

Our Commitment

At Rex Surgical Specialists, we are committed to convenient, personalized and timely care. Our experts are here to help ease your pain and get you back in the game as soon as possible. When you choose Rex, we work with you to choose a treatment, either surgical or nonsurgical, that will provide the most effective results for your specific needs.


More information on sports hernias and their treatments can be found at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website.

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