If you are an active person, you may develop pain in your lower abdomen or groin muscle. It may be because you experienced that kind of an injury when younger. But, once you're older, the pain in your groin may be from a hernia. It's also challenging to tell a groin strain from a hernia.
Your lower abdomen and upper thighs consist of your groin area. There are about 30 muscles, ligaments, and tendons that come together in your pelvic region. Just a twisting sudden move or changing direction can tear or overstretch a tendon or groin muscle.
The upper thigh muscles are where groin strains usually occur. Or the pain can be from one of the tendons that attach your adductor to your pelvis. Plus, the abdominal muscle that attaches to your pelvis is vulnerable. You may feel a popping sensation with pain that will last days or even weeks. It will get better eventually.
If you experience pain in your groin or feel a lump, make a doctor's appointment. Your doctor may have you get an imaging test. Your doctor may prescribe compression wraps, ice, and rest for your groin strain. He may also prescribe anti-inflammatory or steroid medication and physical therapy to strengthen your muscles.
Your abdomen is covered by a wall of muscle. When there's a hole in this muscle wall, it's called a hernia. A hernia can happen in the belly button, near an incision, your upper stomach, or the groin area.
When a loop of your intestine or some fatty tissue protrudes through the hole in your abdominal wall into your groin, it’s called an inguinal hernia. A hernia feels like a lump in your groin area.
Some factors which contribute to hernias are wear and tear on your body. But there are other factors too, like a family history of hernias. Your genetics or frequent coughing can also be contributing factors.
Sometimes you can push a hernia back in place. But as soon as you stand up, it will push back through the hole again when you stand up. The hernia will keep becoming more prominent over time.
One of the most significant risks with an inguinal hernia is strangulation. Your hernia can poke through the abdominal wall and become trapped. Then it becomes squeezed, and the blood supply is cut off. When that happens, it becomes a life-threatening situation. It will cause you nausea, vomiting, and severe groin pain, and you need to call 911 immediately.
Hernia repair surgery can be done traditionally with an incision large enough for the surgeon to see the hernia to work on it. Or it can be performed with manually invasive surgery laparoscopic or robotic. The minimum invasive procedure uses long thin tools and a miniature camera inserted through your tiny incisions. Either surgery is effective in fixing the problem.
Your doctor will close the hole during the operation either by placing a mesh patch over the hole or stitching it shut. Recover can be from two days to two weeks. You usually cannot lift 15-20 pounds for a few weeks after to allow for healing.