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02-27-2008, 04:16 PM
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Lower Abdominal Strain

So last night during a game I jumped up to grab a high flying puck. I stretched well before the game, but now that I think of it I really didn't stretch my stomach/abs at all. As soon as I came down it kind of hurt, I was able to finish the game pretty much without pain. When I went to sleep I found it hard to turn. Now today it hurts to the touch, leaning back, and stretching or crunching the abs hurts. The pain is located pretty much at my waist line on my right side. Someone on the team said to look out for a hernia. However my dad had a hernia and he was doubled over in pain if he stood and was on the couch for a week. I'm pretty such it's just a lower abdominal strain.

What are everyones experiences with these?
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Make sure that is not your appendix. If you still feed bad, maybe you should go and see your physician..

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Yeah, I love when people try to play their own physicians on here, or ask for medical advice. Seriously though, without our ability to probe you physically, we can't really tell what it is. Do you have any bruising? Does it hurt to walk? We could GUESS it's just an abdominal strain, but if we're wrong who are you going to blame? Go see the doctor. Simple as that. And I wouldn't risk further damage by playing on it or trying to work out. See what's wrong first.

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So last night during a game I jumped up to grab a high flying puck. I stretched well before the game, but now that I think of it I really didn't stretch my stomach/abs at all. As soon as I came down it kind of hurt, I was able to finish the game pretty much without pain. When I went to sleep I found it hard to turn. Now today it hurts to the touch, leaning back, and stretching or crunching the abs hurts. The pain is located pretty much at my waist line on my right side. Someone on the team said to look out for a hernia. However my dad had a hernia and he was doubled over in pain if he stood and was on the couch for a week. I'm pretty such it's just a lower abdominal strain.

What are everyones experiences with these?
thanks.
i did it helping at a practice doing supermans. I didnt want to slam my chest off the ice so i held myself up and it killed. Like you said couldnt roll over or anything. It also hurt when i layed down (the process of) and sitting back up. I couldnt do 1 pushup for 2 weeks

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I had this kind of problem a few months back. It was a nagging pain on my right side along the abdominals but sometimes I felt it near my groin area too. It wasn't too bad where it hurt to the point where I couldn't move without pain, but it was just there and it especially hurt when I'd sit and my pants would kinda compress my lower area. If that's how you feel, then here's my advice.

Advice #1: If it hurts for more than a few days see a doctor.
Advice #2. Rest

I had this problem for months. Doing physical activity will just aggravate it more. Have your doctor test to see if you have a hernia. I had the pain start last July, went to the doctor he put me on anti-inflammatory meds and said it could be an early hernia or a strain. Was on the meds for a couple of weeks and it felt like it went away. Went on vacation, came back, lifted something heavy and the pain was back again. Went to the doctor a month or so later and he tested to see if I had a hernia again and decided since it was a lingering pain that I should see a specialist.

I went to the specialist and he said that I didn't have a hernia and it was most likely a muscle strain and to just rest for a bit and then give physical activity a try once the pain goes away.

Could be the same with you, but it's always important to make sure, because a hernia could be really bad news if you have one.

Anyway, I had a strain and I just stopped playing and lifting weights for a few months (one season in adult league) and eventually the pain went away and I was back to normal again. So anyway, as I said, if the pain continues for more than a few days see a doctor. If it's just a strain stay away from lifting heavy stuff for a couple of months, it's a good idea to even lay low on the hockey as well. Once the pain is completely gone and you can do physical activity without pain, then resume activity again.

As I said though, rest a few days, if the pain still is there see a doctor. They know better than we do.


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Thanks for the advice guys. Also I'm not going to base any decision on anyones thoughts here, just wanted to see other experiences. As far as appendicitis goes my family has a history so I know what to look for, thank you though. I'll probably just rest it. If it gets a little better after a week than more rest, no improvement, going to the doctor.

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Thanks for the advice guys. Also I'm not going to base any decision on anyones thoughts here, just wanted to see other experiences. As far as appendicitis goes my family has a history so I know what to look for, thank you though. I'll probably just rest it. If it gets a little better after a week than more rest, no improvement, going to the doctor.
Every situation is different and you're right to see a doctor if your issue persist, but here's something I wrote on another thread about groin/abdominal issues. If any of it applies to you, great. If not, maybe someone will get the benefit of it:


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I recently injured my groin a couple weeks ago. It's not bad to the point I can't play but by the end of the 2nd period and the 3rd it starts to really bother me. I was told that compression shorts may work, anyone have any experience with them? End Quote

Some of the standard compression shorts really don't provide enough compression to make a difference. You need to get CoreShorts, specially designed for precisely the problem you have. They are grey and black with diagonal inserts that address the areas that need extra support.

But compression shorts are only a band-aid. If you are having groin or abdominal issues or, heaven forbid, the dreaded sports hernia that is so prevalent in hockey today, you need to find out the source of the problem. Often, it is poor flexibility or tight hip flexors. The more you stretch the hip flexors the better chance of the muscles all firing in the proper sequence. If the hip flexors tighten up and shut down, all the pressure of the skating movement goes to the groin and abs and causing strains and tearing.

If you can, go to a good sports chiropractor/soft tissue or massage therapist and ensure your lower back, hips etc. are not locked up and directing all the stress onto your groin. Stretching is the key to staying healthy in hockey. Stretch a lot, improve your flexibility and the chances of self-induced injury are far, far less. And, believe it or not, you will skate better too. Poor skaters generally have flexibility issues. If you improve flexibility, you improve your stride.

Been there, done that, with this whole issue and my son has had the sports hernia surgery to prove it. Stretching is the way to go. But the CoreShorts -- and they come in a lighter model and a heavier duty model -- are terrific. They're made by a Vancouver based company.

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