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Hernia & Groin Injuries

Hernia & Groin Injuries

In addition to back injuries, which typically involve the spine, a hernia can also affect the lower body region within the abdomen area but are typically unrelated. A hernia occurs as a result of a weakness of the internal tissue wall which house the internal organs, but like back injuries can occur as a result of heavy lifting.

Detailed Overview

Hernias

A weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue area within the lower body can lead to internal parts pushing through, which is known as a hernia. This can occur anywhere within the abdomen with differing type’s dependant on the area concerned and the internal parts of the body pushing through.

An Umbilical hernia occurs where fatty tissue or parts of your bowel can poke through your abdomen in the vicinity of the navel or belly button. Other types of hernia see the condition affecting the groin, lower abdomen, and diaphragm. The condition can affect any age group, though the most common form of hernia is that of Inguinal, where part of the bowel pokes through the abdomen and into the groin.

Surgery can be common among hernia sufferers, though the location of the hernia, your symptoms and its contents will all play about in this decision. Specialist hernia braces and supports are available which are designed to offer compression to the affected area to stabilise it and prevent it from popping out, which can allow you to carry on daily life.

Groin Injuries

Similar to hamstring strains, groin pain can develop during sports such as football and sprinting. The muscles on the inside of the thigh are commonly known as the groin muscles and act to pull the legs together. If the pain does not improve quickly you should see your doctor who can properly assess the groin injury and may refer you to a physiotherapist. Correct stretching and conditioning of the muscles can help to minimise the risk of injury.