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

Even though I already had surgery last week, I fully believe that PT can help you recover if you stop your full activity soon enough and concentrate on core exercises. My surgeon believes that also, but I had not been able to run in over 18 months -- so I elected for surgery. I also believe that some day they will figure out more about this injury and possibly eliminate surgery. But that time is not now -- although Dr. UM is showing that non-invasive, minimal techniques are clearly working.

When I was doing PT, I was improving. I felt like I was very close to overcoming it, but one day after PT, it all came crashing down when I got terrible inflammation throughout my pelvis. This led to sharp, fleeting pains. After that, I think I mentally gave up even though I tried PT on and off for the following year.

You have a lot of common symptoms that many of us have experienced, but you need to completely rule out an inguinal hernia first and perhaps some other problems. My advice would be to see someone who is experienced in dealing with inguinal hernias and sports hernias. There are a number of them documented on this thread. Otherwise, you will be led down a long path of frustration as I was. I ended up having a laparoscopy to diagnose a possible inguinal hernia which was completely unnecessary. You could go see a sports orthopedist, but even many of them are not that familiar with this injury. Again, the key is to find experience or you will be wasting a lot of time going to doctors who are just not educated about it.

Most of the doctors listed on this thread want you to get better whether that is through surgery or conservative PT. Additionally, they are interested in learning more about this injury with everyone they treat -- so they are usually eager to help you. So find a specialist and good luck!

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