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Subject: RE: Sports Hernia - Nonsurgical Approach
I had a sports heria last year (confirmeddby MRI.....it was pretty clear, too). It knocked me out of running for a few months. I probably had a month of no running at all, road an exercise bike a few times per week, and biked next to runners on my team a couple days per week.
I tried changing anything that I thought contributed to it- sleeping position, the way I crossed my legs when seated, driving position. I started wearing compression shorts a lot....and not just when running. I saw a chiropractor. I started sretching. I started a lot of hip flexor, quad, and hamstring exercises.
Slowly, I added in running a couple days per week, and slowly built up over a couple months to where I was running 6 days per week and about 45 miles.
I honestly don't think the hernia has gone away because I still feel a tingle down there occassionally(no pain, just a sensation), but I'm back to running full strength now. It's been a full year at this point.
To give you some hope, I actually PRed in the 5000 (14:58- my first sub 15) last April, about 5 months after bein diagnosed, and nearly PRed in the marathon this winter.
It was a lot of patience and paying attention to every little detail that may have been addin strain to my lower abdomin and groin.
A lot of my motivation was that I desperately wanted to avoid surgery.
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