They can cause pain, discomfort especially when you exercising or on increases in abdominal pressure such as when coughing or sneezing. There can be a bulge in the groin area. This is a protrusion of the contents of the abdomen (belly) through the inguinal canal. Eighty percent of all hernias are inguinal, men are 25 times more likely to suffer an inguinal hernia and 5% of the population will suffer an inguinal hernia.
Physiotherapy can help to strengthen the area and prevent the need for surgical repair.
Treatment for Hernias
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise:
- Exercise programs to stretch, self treat and improve proprioception, balance and strength
- Clinical Pilates
- Biomechanical assessment
- Activity modification advice
- Joint mobilisation
- Joint manipulation
- Spinal and pelvic realignment
- Deep tissue massage/myofascial release
- Dry needling /acupuncture
- Orthotic/Insole advice
- Ice or heat treatment
- Surgical advice