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A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak area of muscle or connective tissue. The most common types include inguinal (inner groin), incisional, femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button) and hiatal (upper stomach). Find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for Hernias. Plus find a range of supports and braced and products to assist with alleviating pain cause by a Hernia.

Anatomy of the Hip/Groin/Thigh

Anatomy of the Hip/Groin/ThighInguinal hernias are protrusions of abdominal cavity contents through an area of the abdominal wall commonly referred to as the groin. The groin is the crease at the junction of the torso with legs and adjacent region that includes the external genitals.

Hernia Causes

The main cause of a Hernia occurs due weakness of the muscles and connective tissue layers of the abdominal wall. This combined with pressure, pushes an organ or tissue through the weakened spot.

Common causes of Hernias:

  • Lifting heavy objects such as weights or boxes without stabilising the abdominal muscles
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Prolonged coughing or sneezing
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Sudden weight gain

Hernia Symptoms

The symptoms of a hernia can vary due to location and severity, however the most common symptom of a hernia presents as a bulge in the groin area, which commonly disappears on lying down.

Common symptoms of Hernias:

  • Swelling appears at some point along the inner half of a line between the pubic tubercle and anterior superior iliac crest.
  • Pain in the groin, which is triggered by exertion or even by coughing, sneezing and straining.
  • Pain or discomfort when bending over or lifting

Treatment for Hernias

Treatment of a hernia depends on the severity and location. In some instances, the hernia may heal by itself by changing a few things in your daily routine such as avoiding heavy meals, avoid lying down or bending after meals and keeping a healthy body weight. If this doesn’t eliminate your pain or discomfort, surgery may be required.
Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis of your hernia and tailored treatment plan.

Recommended Thermoskin Product:

Under the direction of your medical professional and in conjunction with your advised treatment plan, the following Thermoskin product is recommended:

Hernia Belt – flexible front pads provide support and compression to inguinal hernias that have been diagnosed by a medical professional