Last updated April 2020

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Groin pain is common in athletes, particularly in footballers, and a whole industry has grown up around treating “sportsmans’ hernia”.  It is a difficult area to diagnose and treat as it lies at the interface between the belly and the legs with the external genitalia occasionally contributing to symptoms. 

We tend to try and divide the condition into conditions just above the groin which are predominantly abdominal and hernia (including the groin disruption known as “Gilmore’s Groin” and those in the bones of the pubic symphysis and in the tendons at the top end of the thigh. 

Spinal conditions will often lead to pain in the groin and the mainstay of treatment is to correct biomechanics after a careful assessment by a physiotherapist with stretching and strengthening exercises. 

In the presence of a groin disruption, or of a sportsman’s hernia, this is going to require surgery and whilst I do not do this kind of surgery myself I do have colleagues who have enormous experience in the various techniques to repair these conditions in amateur as well as professional athletes. 

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