Hernias can cripple even the strongest of athletes. This injury can be difficult to diagnose because sports hernias often mimic the symptoms of groin injuries.
Dr. Lemus-Rangel, a hernia Palmdale surgeon, offers advice about easing sports hernia pain. There are a few steps you can take to aid a sports hernia, but it’s important to understand the injury before treating it.
What is a sports hernia?
A sports hernia is the result of weak muscles in the lower abdomen. These muscles can become overused and eventually tear usually in the groin or lower abdominal walls. To rehabilitate a sports hernia, you need to focus the majority of the stretching in the lower body. This Palmdale surgeon offers a few stretches that target key muscles in the lower body.
Stand up with both arms resting at your side and feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your right arm straight up and bend to the left side of your body. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and return to starting position. Repeat the stretch four times alternating the left and right side of your body.
This next exercise is a stretch that you should do within the first two weeks of a sports hernia injury. While lying down on your stomach, lift your right leg about 7 inches off of the floor. Try to keep your leg as straight as possible and hold the position for 30 seconds. Bring your leg down and raise your other leg. Continue to alternate legs and repeat four times.
Sitting Groin Stretch
This next stretch is useful for tears in the groin area. Sit on your bottom and grab the soles of your feet with each hand. Bring the heels of your feet together toward your body. Slowly bring your torso to the of experience ground, and you should feel a stretch in your groin. Try to hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat these steps about four to five times every day.
This Palmdale surgeon recommends these stretches to ease your sports hernia pain. If you are still experiencing pain after these exercises book an appointment with Dr. Lemus-Rangel, a hernia Palmdale surgeon.
About Dr. Lemus-Rangel
Dr. Lemus-Rangel is a top board certified hernia Palmdale surgeon. With over ten years of experience and hundreds of successful procedures, he is a hernia expert. Connect with Dr. Lemus-Rangel on Twitter and Facebook for updates.