No matter what age you are, or what you do for work, it is almost guaranteed that either you or someone you know would have had experience with a Hernia. 40,000 people have hernias repaired every year in Australia through surgery, and your physiotherapist is vital in recovery.
What is a hernia?
A Hernia is generally a tear in the muscle wall towards the lower part of the abdomen. This can sometimes mean part of the intestines or even fat tissue can poke through causing a bulge. The seriousness of the injury can increase if the intestine or other tissue becomes trapped, and cuts off its own blood supply. This will usually cause a great deal of pain, and will require emergency surgery.
How do hernias happen?
Hernias are a result of excessive pressure on the muscle wall from behind the abdominal or groin muscles. This can be due to excessive twisting or straining, and in some case be the “last straw” of overuse where the body isn’t given enough time to rest, and recover.
Who is most likely to experience a hernia?
> Anyone working in a highly physical job, that requires labour or repetitive movements like twisting
> Pregnant women
> Overweight individuals
> The elderly
> People who have recently had abdominal surgery, but fail to seek appropriate support from their physiotherapist (this is because the abdominal wall that was originally weak, is now weaker post-surgery).
Where does my physiotherapist come in?
The most effective form of treatment for hernia is surgery. This means that in most cases, your doctor will recommend “going under the knife” to have it fixed. Post-surgery, the abdominal wall and surrounding muscles will be even weaker than before, and so your chances of re-injury (getting another hernia) are extremely high as well as your body being out of action for several weeks post-surgery.
It is essential that your physiotherapist is involved in your recovery. They will assess your current range of movement, pain thresholds and create an exercise plan for your rehabilitation. They will check in with you to monitor your progress and ensure you are improving the way you are meant to. Their influence in your recovery and quality of life post-hernia cannot be understated.
At Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book your next appointment online, here.