Striking pain in the lower abdomen or groin can impair athletic performance, prevent training and hinder athletic or daily
activity. Often, this is believed to be a result of a groin pull or
strain, and is treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory medication,
heat/ice therapies, physical and massage therapies, and rest. After a
trial of conservative therapies, symptoms of recurring or persistent
pain may indicate core muscle injuries, a tear or a series of
of the rectus abdominis muscle as it inserts on to the pubis.
The physicians and staff
at Vincera Core Physicians are dedicated to returning patients back to pain free daily and
athletic activity. Catering to performance needs of all athletes, Vincera guides athletes through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of core injuries.
Core muscle injuries, often called athletic pubalgia, sports hernia, or
Gilmore's groin, are defined as an umbrella term for musculoskeletal
injuries involving attachments and/or soft tissue support structures of
the pubis that are career ending or threaten quality-of-life. Although often called a "sports hernia", it is not a hernia.
Most of these injuries occur from hyperextension of the abdomen and
hyperabduction of the thighs. Often there are multiple areas of fraying
as well as tears that occur both in the abdominal muscles as well as the
adductors, involving the longus, brevis, pectineus, and other
When considering the pubis as a
joint, just like the knee or the shoulder, there are a number of
musculoskeletal attachments that serve as ligaments and functionally
stabilize the joint. There are many variants of core muscle injuries.