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What is a sports hernia?

A “sports hernia” (more properly called Athletic Pubalgia or Core Muscle Injury) is a painful condition caused by a strain or tear of the soft tissues in the groin area.  There is usually not a detectable hernia defect on physical exam or by imaging, so it is considered by the medical community not to be a true hernia.  However, due to the popularity of the term “Sports Hernia”, this condition is still sometimes referred to as such.


There is complex anatomy of muscles, tendons, and bones that are affected by patients with Sports Hernia.  This injury is commonly seen in athletes whose activity requires a sudden change of directions, cutting movements, or twisting motions such as in ice hockey, soccer, wrestling, and football.  Accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment algorithm are the keys to successful recovery; therefore a Sports Hernia specialist should be consulted for evaluation, workup, and treatment.



A Sports Hernia typically presents with acute pain in the groin area or pain that progressively worsens over time and is exaggerated by certain movements.  Without proper treatment, this injury can lead to a permanent inability to resume sports activities.


A Sports Hernia specialist will do a history and specialized exam in the office and may order further tests such as MRI or bone scans to rule out other diagnoses.


The first phase of treatment for acute Sports Hernia is rest.  Resting helps the tissues in the injured area to begin to heal.  Your Sports Hernia specialist may also recommend ice and anti-inflammatory medication for several weeks.

The second phase of treatment for Sports Hernia typically involves 6-8 weeks of physical therapy, concentrating on strengthening and balancing the muscles in the area of injury.

If return to sports after successful completion of physical therapy results in continued or recurrent pain, surgical treatment may be indicated. Your Sports Hernia specialist will describe the procedure(s) indicated and discuss the associated recovery time necessary from sports hernia surgery.

Properly diagnosed and treated, patients with Sports Hernias have a ~90% long-term chance of being able to resume sports activities.

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This is my appreciation for Dr. Melman. I think she did an outstanding job. I had a hernia on one side 20 years ago, and after getting out of surgery that was performed by a different doctor, it hurt worse than when I went in for several weeks after. Recently, I had a hernia on the other side and Dr. Melman did the surgery and when I woke up I was not in any pain. I felt as though I never even had the surgery and now two months later, I feel great with no issues and it’s as if I never had surgery. She was recommended to me by a New Brunswick Police Officer and now I highly recommend her as well! Her office is quick and efficient, within minutes she greeted me and I was in and out with no wait. She did an excellent job, an A1+ for her professionalism and workmanship.

Joe Rak
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Dr. Ragui Sadek is a premier surgeon who established a state-of-the-art and one of the safest bariatric surgery programs in the state. Dr. Sadek has fellowship training in both laparoscopic/bariatric surgery and surgical trauma/critical care, allowing him to safely perform complex surgeries on patients who have been turned down by other practices. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at RWJ Medical School & the Director of bariatric surgery program at RWJ University Hospital, Dr. Sadek offers a cutting-edge range of laparoscopic, robotic, & bariatric surgical procedures with a complication rate substantially below the national average.

Dr. Sadek is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Having performed more than three thousand advanced surgical procedures, Dr. Sadek has established a strong patient satisfaction rate and a solid reputation among the surgical community and is renowned as a top physician in his field by International Association of Healthcare Professionals. As a board-certified surgeon, he holds affiliations with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons. More about Dr. Sadek

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