Sports Hernia: Definition, Evaluation, and Treatment : JBJS Reviews

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Sports Hernia: Definition, Evaluation, and Treatment

Hopkins, Justin Neal MD; Brown, William MD; Lee, Cassandra Alda MD

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JBJS Reviews 5(9):p e6, September 2017. | DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.17.00022


  • * Sports hernia is a non-anatomic, non-diagnostic term that has been attributed to many different causes of groin pain.
  • * Sports hernia is better described as pain localized anatomically to the inguinal region of an athlete without an actual hernia.
  • * Nonoperative management including core stability while avoiding extreme hip range of motion should be attempted for at least 2 months prior to any operative intervention.
  • * Associated pathology such as femoroacetabular impingement or adductor tear should be addressed.
  • * If a sports hernia is not responsive to rehabilitation, referral to a general surgeon is appropriate.

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