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Synopsis

A sports hernia (athletic pubalgia) is characterized by persistent groin pain resembling hernia pain but not attributed to abdominal or groin wall damage and, therefore, not considered a true hernia. It has gradual onset, is typically unilateral, and occurs more often in men than women. Sporting activities with repetitive high-speed twisting, bending, and torqueing that can cause damage to the abdominal, thigh, and groin muscles are often implicated, particularly when the patient lacks appropriate pre-conditioning. Most often reporting pubalgia are ice hockey players, football players, rugby players, soccer players, and sprinters, but it is not uncommon in recreational athletes of any sport.

The diagnosis is often made from history and physical exam and may be supported by imaging studies (x-ray, MRI, or bone scan). Treatment options may include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and, if these fail, surgery.

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ICD10CM:
S39.011A – Strain of muscle, fascia and tendon of abdomen, initial encounter

SNOMEDCT:
285348005 – Strain of abdominal muscle

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Sports hernia : Abdominal pain, Groin pain
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