When Is Surgery Necessary?
If symptoms aren't going away with conservative treatments, surgery usually becomes an option. An endoscopy may be done to view the affected area to determine the extent of tissue damage. Similar minimally invasive techniques may be used to repair torn tissues. If the groin area is affected, a small groin nerve may need to be cut with a procedure known as an inguinal neurectomy. Strength and endurance can be regained with a personalized rehabilitation plan following surgery.
As with any type of sprain or strain-related injury, a sports hernia may be prevented by paying attention to proper form, technique, and posture when playing sports or participating in movement-based activities. Drinking water regularly, doing exercises that target abdominal muscles, and eating more high-fiber foods to avoid issues with constipation are additional steps that may reduce the risk of developing a sports hernia.