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Sports Hernia Physiotherapy

Sports herniation or medically termed as Athletic Pubalgia refers to an injury to the

  1. groin or
  2. lower abdominal region

and unfortunately, tends to not recover well even with many months of rest, medication and physiotherapy.

Most of the time, sports hernias affects active and elite athletes but an increasing number of “weekend warriors” are getting sports hernia too. The most obvious symptom is pain in the groin area especially during athletic activity.

Patient is given a clear diagnosis after thorough history and assessment, as well as investigations like X-ray and MRI are done to rule out conditions like fractures and tears. Fortunately, with keyhole surgery, the injury can be repaired quickly and effectively and patients can return to sport as quick as within 30 days.

first of all, What is hernia?

Herniation or hernias refer to the bulging or protusion of an organ or tissue through a wall that contains that organ or tissue. Usually, herniation are more common in the lower abdomen where the abdominal tissue/contents can bulge/protude through the abdominal muscles or tendons.

For sports hernias and herniation, this word or term may not be very accurate as because there may not be any bulge or protusion...and that's why there is the more accurate term: “Athletic Publagia”, which means pain in the groin, and is more medically accurate.

So what's Sports Hernia?

Sports herniation is caused mainly by the weakness of our lower abdominal muscles or tendons, and this weakness at times can cause the abdominal content to protude out through the weak area/point. This weakness may be caused by tears or overstretched muscle in the groin area. The patient may recall a pulled groin muscle that hadn't fully healed despite doing the usual RICER method post injury.

The problem is, sports hernia is moreso a chronic injury that may span months or longer.

does only sports people get sports hernia?

Sports herniation and sports hernia is quite a common injury in sports or activities that includes:

  • kicking
  • twisting
  • turning
  • sudden movement changes in directions such as football, boxing, basketball

Of course, that doesn't mean you need to be in professional sports to get sports hernia. Actually anyone can get a sports hernia, even someone in gym can get sports hernia too due to gym work out.

What are the symptoms of sports herniation?

The common symptoms of sports herniation is pain that increases with athletic/sports activities or with any sudden change in directions/movements (even with sneezing or strong coughing). Some times the pain may travel to the anal area and inner thigh.

Diagnosing sports hernia

Ultrasound imaging and MRI is the most recommended imaging tools are they're the most non-invasive and safe...that being said, there ARE some cases where patient has moderate to severe conditions but ultrasound or MRI doesn't show anything serious.

In these cases, patients may have to go for surgery to explore to find the source of the problem.=

Exercise for Prevention

Because sports herniations and hernias usually happening in the lower abdominal regions where the core muscles are, that makes working on and to improve the

  • strength
  • stability
  • stamina

of the core muscles via regular spinal physiotherapy and clinical Pilates to prevent the occurrence or recurrence.

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Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
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Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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