NHL Ducks

NHL Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf apparently played in the Western Conference finals with a sports hernia, as revealed on the NBC Sports website. Ultimately, he did not need surgery. It is important to realize that not all sports hernia diagnoses are ultimately a surgical problem. In the right setting, with a mild injury, a sports hernia, or more appropriately, athletic pubalgia, can be overcome with rest and a specialized physical therapy regimen. Only after these options have failed, or the MRI findings are severe, will surgery be required.

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