Hernia Surgery pp 499-508 | Cite as

Nonoperative Treatment of Sports Hernia

  • Terra BlatnikEmail author


Sports hernia is a poorly defined entity that can often cause extended time away from athletics. The differential for groin pain is extensive and diagnosing a sports hernia can often be difficult. Patients will present with activity-related groin pain that tends to be relieved by rest. Physical exam findings can be subtle and at times MRI is needed to aid in diagnosis. Treatment for sports hernia has also been controversial. Conservative therapy for 6–8 weeks that includes both manual techniques and active physical therapy is the ideal way to start. Therapy should focus mostly on strengthening the adductors, hips, and core. Alternative treatments can also be explored, including injection therapy, if other techniques are not successful and surgical treatment is also an option to be considered if failing conservative therapy.


Sports hernia Athletic pubalgia Inguinal disruption Hernia Groin pain Physical therapy Injection therapy MRI Core strength 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland ClinicTwinsburgUSA

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