Hernias develop when there is protrusion of an organ through an opening in a tissue or muscle that keep it in place. While weakness in the abdominal wall could be a factor, hernia problems may not appear until later in life. In many cases they can be triggered by other factors such as aging and injury. However, there are certain jobs that can make it more likely that a person who is at risk of a hernia, may develop one.
People with jobs that require heavy lifting are at higher risk of developing an inguinal hernia. This type of hernia occurs when the intestinal tissues push through the inguinal canal.
Like other types of hernia, there are several possible factors that can lead to the development of an inguinal hernia. Weak spots within the abdominal and groin muscles are believed to be major contributing factors.
Strenuous activities like heavy lifting may not directly cause inguinal hernia but they can aggravate it.
Treating Inguinal Hernias
Inguinal hernias can be a source of discomfort. Aside from the bothersome bulge that forms along the groin area, this type of hernia can be painful and sensitive to touch. The pain can also be accompanied by burning sensation and a feeling of ‘heaviness’ in the groin area.
Surgery is the primary treatment for an inguinal hernia. Your surgeon will recommend either the traditional hernia repair called herniorrhaphy or a minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedure.
If your job has aggravated a hernia, you may be able to receive treatment help through worker’s compensation. As an employee, you normally won’t have to pay anything out of your pocket. You file a claim and the benefits that you’ll receive will depend on the severity of the injury you sustained while on the job.
Premier Surgical in Knoxville offers different surgical treatment options for your hernia. We’ve developed a process that can get you back to your job very quickly, and we work with companies on worker’s compensation cases.