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

SND wrote:

Thought it might be helpful (or not) to post... I was monitoring this thread religiously last year and I even posted a couple times...

I was diagnosed by Dr. Muschaweck (during her US visit) as having a bi-lateral SH. One worse than the other. I was thrilled to finally have a diagnosis. For 2-3 years I've had discomfort and multiple bad diagnosis (eg osteitis pubis, etc). I schemed and planned to get the procedure in Germany paid for by my health insurance, even got a second carrier through my wife's work, but was never satisfied I wouldn't have to pay the majority out of pocket, so I never scheduled the surgery (Dr. Muschaweck's office was awesome in trying to work with me)...

All the while, I was inching my way back into health. First, I took 4-6 weeks off anything that aggravated the injury. Then I started working back, limiting my running and doing more swimming and cycling. The whole time I did a lot of core/ab work and introduced abductor/adductor work (which I never did before)... Also some yoga on my own...

Little by little I got back to playing basketball. And running (although I kept the miles way down)...

Now, a year after the diagnosis, I'm training for my first triathlon (Olympic) and I'm playing basketball once/week. I still feel the SH, but it doesn't limit me any more than being 37 years old limits me. Just another injury from my past...

I'm not sure I know exactly what worked what didn't. I'd also think that maybe I didn't have a SH after all, but being diagnosed by Dr. Muschaweck herself seems to say otherwise. Maybe it's just a matter of time before I get reinjured? Who knows. I'm definitely more careful now in terms of overtraining...

Hope that was helpful...


SND -

Congratulations on your success with non-surgical treatment of SH.

Myself? I've had SH for a few months. After reading every post in this multi-year thread at LetsRun.com, I too have concluded that surgery is most certainly not the way to go.

I've starting to make some progress, and intend to follow along the same lines of thinking as you. Thanks for giving hope to those of us who can easily discern the huge risks, and irreversible dangers of surgery.

Further reinforcing this non-surgical approach is this article by the Mayo Clinic on Sports Hernia.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2006/jan-16.html

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