What is a sports hernia?

Most hernia surgeons refer to sports hernias as Inguinal Pubalgia or Athletic Pubalgia. While there is a lot written online about this subject, the consensus of most hernia surgeons is that a musculoskeletal injury occurs as a result of a sport. Most patient present with Inguinal or lower abdominal pain which is made worse with exercise. Patients often feel discomfort at night and do not have a hernia on physical examination.

Current treatment recommendation is for aggressive physical therapy to treat the injury and core muscle imbalance that caused the injury. If unsuccessful after 6 months, surgery is recommended, though no single approach as been shown to be better than any other approach.