(HealthDay News) -- A sports hernia (medically called "athletic pubalgia") can develop from playing sports that require sudden changes in movement, such as wrestling, soccer, ice hockey or football. Although not a traditional bulge in abdominal or groin tissue, a sports hernia can lead to intense pain.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says these treatments can help a sports hernia heal:
Resting the injury for a week to 10 days, along with wrapping the area and applying ice.
Having physical therapy to strengthen the area, after a period of rest.
Taking medication to alleviate inflammation, pain and swelling.
Possibly having surgery to alleviate the injury, followed by rehabilitation to help speed recovery.