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|Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:46 am Post subject: Groin injury. Not hernia, possibly sportsman's hernia
|I suffered a weightlifting injury almost a year ago. It was misdiagnosed as a hernia by a surgeon and ultrasound. Luckily, a second surgeon examined me and said I do not have a hernia and my symptoms are not those of a hernia. An MRI exam confirmed I don't have a hernia.
Unfortunately, I still have quite severe groin pain.
It comes and goes mostly, but weightlifting seems to aggravate it, particularly deadlifts, squats and any exercise that uses the abdominals. Sneezing used to cause pain, but less so now.
Sometime I get pain during erection/ejaculation and occasionally I get pain in the right testicle.
I have tried acupuncture which made it worse and sports massage which also made it worse. I did try active release technique which helped relieve some of the pain but became ineffective after a few treatments so I discontinued it.
I am now scheduled to get physiotherapy with the NHS, but since God knows how long that will take, I've started doing some exercises myself.
I've researched online and some of the symptoms sound similar to gilmore's groin/ sportsman's hernia but I'm not certain it's that and from what I've found groin injuries are incredibly difficult to diagnose and could be many things.
My rehabilitation routine consists of one day for legs and one for abs.
For legs I do lunges, and cable work for the adductor, abductor, and glutes.
For abs I do crunches, reverse crunches, diagonal crunches with elbow to knee and planks. I got a lot of pain the first time I did abs, but it became less the second time, which is encouraging. Plank really hurt.
Should I seek a sports injury specialist to determine what's wrong or give the physio a try first? I'm quite keen to get back to weightlifting as soon as possible.
If it is a sportsman's hernia can I fix it without surgery?
Would the MRI have said if it was a sportsman's hernia? Because it didn't mention anything about muscle tears,ligament damage or nerve entrapment.
The only thing that was noted was that No enlarged nodes demonstrated. Within the bones, incidental note is made of a high T1 and T2 signal lesion in the left sacrum (axial T2) consistent with a haemangioma.
The rest states that the bowel, bladder, prostate are normal and that no hernia was present.