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Conditions We Treat: Sports Hernia

Sports hernias, technically known as athletic pubalgia, are not true hernias. Although the symptoms are similar, the pain and pressure from sports hernias are caused by torn tendons that attach to the pelvis instead of an abdominal muscle separation. These tears are typically caused by repetitive or explosive athletic activities.

Sports Hernia: What You Need to Know

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  • Mild to moderate sports hernia symptoms can typically be remedied with rest, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.
  • Patients with severe tears may require surgery to address the torn tendons. Surgery to repair sports hernias are frequently done in consultation with orthopedic surgeons.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for sports hernias?

Our Physicians

Kimberley Steele, Michael Schweitzer, Thomas Magnuson and Hien Nguyen

Rely on the expertise of our surgeons to diagnose and repair sports hernias.