Treatment of the Sportsman's groin
Chronic pain in the groin area is a common problem in athletes who are involved with kicking and twisting movements while running. This condition is sometimes called a “Sportsman’s groin/ hernia” however no consensus exists on this condition and nomenclature. This summary describes some of the results of the Manchester Consensus Conference.
- The term “inguinal disruption” (ID) is agreed as preferred nomenclature. The term “hernia” should not be used as a hernia in rarely found.
- An abnormal tension in the groin (around the inguinal ligament attachment) is often found in this condition.
- Physiotherapy should be the initial treatment. When pain continues to exist, surgery if probably required.
- Surgery could be performed using an open or laparoscopic technique. The surgeon is focusing on identifying pathology, releasing any abnormal tension and reinforcing with suture or a mesh. > From: Sheen et al., Br J Sports Med (2013) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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