What is a hernia?
Most common in the abdominal wall, a hernia is a bulge of tissue caused by a weak area or tear in the muscle through which tissue protrudes. Organs, such as the intestine, can then push through the weakened muscle causing a hernia.
This can causes pain, discomfort and a noticeable bulge under the skin. If the intestine gets caught in the hernia and loses its blood supply it can be a serious health risk to you. Symptoms tend to get worse by lifting heavy objects of over exertion during activities ranging from sports to gardening.
Do I have a hernia?
Symptoms of a hernia include pain or discomfort and a localized swelling somewhere on the surface of the abdomen or in the groin area. If you think that you may have a hernia, talk to your primary care physician about treatment options. Your physician will discussion your lifestyle and develop a treatment plan that works best for you.