by Peter Perakis, M.D., Acute Care Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital, Troy
(Photo credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
The World Series has ended, the MLB season is over and Detroit Tigers fans are still getting over a tough loss to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. While there were many factors that contributed to the series loss, one of the spotlights was on the injury of MVP third-baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Even though Cabrera was playing through his injury for the past few months, as soon as the Tigers’ season ended, surgery to repair muscles in his groin was scheduled.
How common are groin tears?
Groin pain is a common complaint and may result from a variety of causes, including osteitis pubis, fractures, arthritis, bursitis, hernias, muscular pain, tendonitis, tearing or avulsion of a tendon or ligament, urologic conditions, connective tissue diseases and nerve pain. The anatomy of the region is fairly complex, so a team approach to groin injuries is optimal and may require coordinated input from a sports physician, general surgeon, urologist, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, gynecologist, radiologist and physical medicine and rehab specialist.
What causes groin tears?
A groin tear can be triggered by quick movements, twisting, turning, sprinting, bending forward, kicking and performing sit-ups all of which are common movements in sports such as baseball, soccer, hockey and football. Avoiding overuse of the thigh and lower abdominal muscles may prevent weakness or tear.