The need for better collaboration
I was saddened to read this letter published by a fellow sports hernia sufferer.http://thegroinpaincenter.blogspot.com/2009/06/letting-them-know-they-failed.html
Sports hernia is certainly a complex problem. Nobody seems to fully understand it. Even the experts. Nobody.
It seems to me that we as a community of sports hernia athletes have an opportunity to help ourselves and help future sufferers by today increasing our rate of collaboration, putting our minds together.
Those who have posted updates of their condition and their progress, good and bad, here at LetsRun have been a big help to me, and probably to everybody. Those who have posted their theories and conjectures on the nature of sports hernia have also helped me add new angles of insight to my own conjecture of sports herna.
It's clear that there are numerous surgeons and physical therapists in the market dealing with sports hernia, but it seems like each does it differently. Many use mesh, many swear against mesh. Many suture here, others suture there, to solve the very same problem.
I guess, like Den said, that eventually, perhaps many years from now, when sports hernia is better understood, society will figure out a way to rehab almost all sports hernia cases without surgery.
It seems to me that all of us, we current batch of sports hernia sufferers, have an opportunity to advance that knowledge ourselves, today, by upping the degree of our collaboration.
We need more people posting facts here at LetsRun about their original injury, their efforts to rehab, surgical efforts, efforts to rehab after surgery, etc. Reading about others' histories, each different, helps me very much in understanding my own.
It seems to me that such information on a broad scale, and the mixing and the free conversation of ideas, will lead inexorably to the truth.
But if everybody here becomes reticent and completely introverted, then sports hernia will remain the medical mystery that it has remained for the past 10 years.
Lets have future cohorts of sports hernia sufferers look back on our cohort and say, "That was the time, those were the guys, that paved the way for all of us who are now healing well."