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RunDaddy
RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin

runninbud wrote:

RD,
I'm scheduled to have surgery with Meyers on June 6th. I was wondering if he put you on an explicit physical therapy plan or did you work one out with your PT? Also, would you say the surgery was worth it? Do you feel like you can get back to the way you felt before this injury ever occurred?
RB


June 6th? Why do you have to wait so long?

Anyway, you will get a generic 6 week rehab protocol. Marcia also gave me a 3 week protocol if I felt up to it. The standard is 3 weeks of complete rest and then start active rehab therapy for 3 weeks. I rested 2 weeks and then started the rehab therapy. I took my first light 20 minute run at 22 days.

When I talked with Meyers he told me to rest for at least 10 days and then start the rehab protocol if I felt up to it. He said bottom line to just let pain be my guide. He has returned athletes to competition in 3-4 weeks, as amazing as that sounds.

I would say I'm at 90% right now, almost ten weeks out. I'm running about 35 MPW, although nothing real fast. I'm also swimming as fast and as long as I want. I do get some aching in the area at the end of hard swims, but it is very minor and goes away quickly. Meyers told me after the surgery that i was a very simple and straightforward case of AP, low hanging fruit. I only had it on the left side and I did not need an adductor release. Also, I only suffered with this for about 4 months before the surgery (thanks to Letsrun). So, because of these factors, I think I am able to recover quicker than others.

Yes, I would say it was well worth it. I do not believe it was healing on its own and I am convinced I would still be inactive today if I had not had the surgery in February.

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