Inguinal or Abdominal Hernia Rehabilitation

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscles or connective tissue. The most common type is an inguinal hernia, where a portion of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall in your groin region. The other common area to herniate is around the belly button (known as the umbilicus) and it should be noted both males and females are susceptible for hernias. Understanding the anatomy is crucial in these conditions, with the abdominal muscles and surrounding connective tissue of the abdominal wall play a significant role in supporting and stabilising the abdominal cavity and ultimately preventing a hernia, or helping to rehabilitate from a hernia episode.

Common signs and symptoms of a hernia include:

Several conditions may present with symptoms similar to a hernia. A thorough assessment by a healthcare professional is essential to differentiate and accurately diagnose the underlying issue – this may start with your Physiotherapist but it may also include an assessment from your local GP. Conditions that mimic hernia symptoms include muscle strains, lipomas, and enlarged lymph nodes.

Treatment of a hernia is highly individualised, as it depends on the size and severity of the hernia, the site of the hernia and the clients goals.

No matter the treatment pathway of an inguinal or abdominal hernia client, patient education is also key to reducing reinjury. Individuals with a history of hernia should be educated about proper body mechanics, lifting techniques, and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of hernia recurrence. We also encourage clients to review with our OHL Dietitian to look at minimising hernia risk through appropriate dietary habits and ensuring ongoing happy bowel health.

As you can now appreciate best, optimal hernia rehabilitation will see a physiotherapist at some point. A tailored rehabilitation program, in collaboration with healthcare professionals (GP, potentially surgeon, Physiotherapist and Dietitian), ensures a holistic approach to hernia management, optimising the overall well-being of the individual. If you suspect a hernia or experience related symptoms, consult with an OHL Physiotherapist for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management. You can book via 9431 5955 or via our Client Portal on our website.