The muscles in the human body are strong enough to secure all the systems and organs. However, a number of problems can arise should there be any weak areas present in the muscle. A femoral hernia is a medical condition caused when too much pressure is exerted by a tissue onto a vulnerable spot of a muscle and breaches into the femoral canal. It is usually signified by swelling or lump formation and can cause discomfort.
Smaller femoral hernias might not exhibit any swelling or bulging. The lump may not be visible while lying down but may be seen when coughing or sneezing. It is recommended to consult with a doctor immediately should a lump be observed or should any discomfort be experienced. These kinds of hernias are reported to make up merely 3% of all hernias afflicting this area of the body and is a relatively uncommon condition. It is generally classified to be non-fatal, but it is important to note the symptoms and risks that this condition poses.
The following are common causes of femoral hernia
1. Overstraining during exercise
Strenuous activities put a lot of pressure on different areas of the body. The stress that the body experiences may lead to a number of different complications, including the development of hernias. When the body undergoes rapid bursts of twisting and turning movements or sudden changes in direction, it can cause straining or tear in the muscle and soft tissue. Pain near the groin is a common symptom in athletes.
Training and playing sports can cause femoral hernias if the exercises are not executed properly or if the body is already overworked. Floor exercises and core (abdominal) workouts might be some of the common activities that put pressure on this area of the body. This can cause muscle fatigue and allows for weak areas in the muscle to be pushed against repeatedly. This can be avoided by giving the body adequate rest and ample recovery time before it is put under stress again.