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Have I Got a Sports Hernia?

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How to tell if you have a sports hernia


A sports hernia, or “Gilmore’s Groin” named after the physician who discovered it, Mr. Owen Gilmore, can be very tricky to diagnose, as symptoms may vary from person to person. They are not to be confused with a conventional hernia, which usually presents as a tearing in the abdominal wall, with a palpable lump.


Here are 5 Signs that you may have a Sports Hernia:


  1. You have pain in your groin region


One sign that you may have a sports hernia, is if you have pain in your inner thigh or groin region. Having said that sportspeople have suffered with unusual areas of pain that are related to a sports hernia, which do not respond well to conventional physiotherapy treatment.


  1. You have difficulty getting in and out of a car


If you are experiencing pain whilst getting in or out of a car, this can be a sign f a sports hernia.


  1. When playing sport, your pace noticeably slows after around an hour of exercise


Pain would usually come on immediately with exercise, but with a sports hernia, there is usually no pain, but a noticeable reduction in pace, when attempting to sprint, after about an hour.


  1. You have a positive cough reflex or flutter


If you were to feel around your pubic region, you would notice a feeling when you cough, similar to the vibration or fuzziness you would feel or hear when you blow a party blower. This is known as a flutter, or a positive cough reflex.


  1. You have a positive test on Gilmore’s test


The test for Gilmore’s Groin is to lay on your back, with your legs straight and your feet together. Raise your legs straight approximately 6 inches off the floor, and press firmly into your pubic region. A positive test would bring on a painful response.


The treatment for a sports hernia, is usually minor surgery, to repair the damage. The recovery is usually excellent, and with the correct treatment and exercise regime after, you could be back playing sport within 3-4 weeks post surgery.


If you are unsure whether you have a sports hernia, it is worth having a physiotherapy assessment to determine a diagnosis and decide on a suitable treatment plan. If think you may be suffering with a sports hernia then call 01273 467614 or email me at info@louisjonesphysio.co.uk.