A physical examination is the first step in diagnosing a sports hernia. Patients are usually asked about their symptoms and history with abdominal injuries, including other hernias. An MRI scan is the type of image test that’s typically ordered to make a positive diagnosis of a sports hernia. A bone scan and other tests are sometimes done to rule out other possible sources of groin/abdominal pain.
Within the first week or so after sustaining a sports hernia, it may be helpful to rest and apply ice to the affected area. If there is a visible groin bulge, a compression wrap may help minimize discomfort. A few weeks after the initial injury, physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen inner thigh and abdominal muscles. Anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes prescribed or recommended as well.