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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
Well firstly you need to rest your injuries for a couple of months and see if the symptoms return after this! I know it’s easier said than done but physicians would insist on you doing this before they consider your injuries to be anything more serious than strains.
But with this aside, I’m sure that your groin and back pain are linked, it’s an old school of thought now to say that pains in the two areas are not. You said yourself that you are compensating for the groin pain in different ways. If it were hip impingement for example, your legs would have slightly less rotational movement, causing more strain on your back during high force movements like serving. It can also cause the clicking sensation.
Of course your sports med doct could be right and it’s a sports hernia causing the pain in your groin. The reason I swayed towards the hip tho is because of all the other pains you have. After being told I had a sports hernia for 18 months, the first indication my sports med had to this not being the case was when cortisone injections into the groin did not relieve the pain. So perhaps you could follow a similar path. I could not believe that all the pain I was feeling in my groin was because of my hip. But I was just relieved to finally have a firm diagnosis!
Whatever your pains are resulting from, you’re going to regret ignoring them later on in life. My surgeon told me yesterday that people needing hip replacements in their 30s and 40s results from conditions such as hip impingement being ignored or not recognised at a young age. As for sports hernia, well this site is perfect for demonstrating the complications there can be if it’s not treated early!! Hopefully a rest is all that’s needed!!

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