Hernia V.S Muscle Strain: What's the Difference?

Pains in the abdominal and hernia are hard to tell. Which is which, depends on the symptoms and causes to confirm it.

What Is Abdominal Strain?
Pain in the abdomen area could mean many things. Abdominal strains, or pulled abdominal muscle, will generally happen during intense or excessive exercising. For that reason, strains are very common in athletes or highly active individuals. Sudden, fast movements like coughing, sneezing or lifting something heavy could also be the causes.

Common symptoms of a stained or pulled abdominal muscle, include:

  • Bruising
  • Pain in abdomen area that worsens when you move
  • Sudden muscle spasms or cramping
  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Difficulty walking, bending forward or sideways, or standing straight

Pain here depends on the muscle injury degree, mild, moderate or severe, and it may take a few days or a few months to heal.

Here are a few things you can do to ease it:

Abdominal muscles are involved in all the movements, like sitting, standing up, twisting, etc.
It’s not easy to let them rest. But you have to, or at least use some binders and wraps for abdominal muscle pain and strain.

2. Ice & Heat Applying
Applying ice and heat will help to relieve some pain and tenderness you might be experiencing.

3. OTC drugs.
You can take the otc anti-inlammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen.

4. Compression
It helps to apply pressure and help the affected area.

5. Healthy eating
Eat healthily and drink lots of fluids, will help strengthen bones and muscles.


What Is Abdominal Hernias?

An abdominal wall hernia, in short, is a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall.

It happens in your internal organs or surrounding connective tissue, which pushes through a weakened area in your abdominal muscles. If there is repetitive stress or pressure, it will cause the organ or tissue to push through the weakened opening.

If it happens, ask for your doctor’s help as soon as possible and usually you may need surgery.

Pay more attention to the differences between Strain and Hernia.

Symptoms Strain Hernia
bulge in abdomen ✔
bruising ✔
nausea and vomiting ✔
muscle stiffness ✔
aching, burning, sensation ✔
sudden muscle spasms or cramping ✔
pain in abdomen that worsens with movement ✔ ✔
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.