Beverly Hills Hernia Center Notes That Article on Astros’ Evan Gattis’s Health Sheds Light on Importance of Prevention and Addressing Hernia Risk Factors.

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Commenting on the recent article, the Beverly Hills-based hernia specialist notes that people such as athletes and construction workers need to be more aware about how to address hernia risk factors.

Dr. Towfigh is an expert when it comes to hernia prevention, diagnosis, and repair.

Dr. Towfigh explains that Mr. Gattis’s situation is a reminder of the importance of preventative care, especially when it comes to being aware of hernia risk factors.

According to hernia expert and surgeon Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, sports issues are a common issue in the lives of physically active people such as athletes, construction workers, and entertainment industry grips and stagehands. According to an article published February 11th on SB Nation, the Houston Astros’ designated hitter, Evan Gattis, is taking a few weeks to recover from this same health concern. Dr. Towfigh explains that Mr. Gattis’s situation is a reminder of the importance of preventative care, especially when it comes to being aware of hernia risk factors. Sports hernias, Dr. Towfigh explains, are a type of inguinal hernia caused by quickly twisting and turning the tissues in the abdominal area, so it is not surprising that these occur more often in people who routinely play hockey, tennis, and baseball, but also among people in any number of physically demanding occupations. Dr. Towfigh notes that, because early hernia diagnosis and treatment are the best ways to avoid lengthy recovery periods, the public stands to benefit from familiarizing themselves with some of the most common hernia risk factors and the ways to address them:

  • Genetics – Dr. Towfigh explains that, the more doctors and scientists research hernias, the more they’ve come to understand that there are important genetic factors at play which can affect hernia occurrence. Simply put, hernia issues can occur more frequently in some families than in others. While an uncle’s history of hernia is by no means a guarantee that a nephew or niece will have to deal with the same concern, it may serve as an indicator to other family members that they need to be especially proactive in order to reduce the risk factors.
  • Coughing and Smoking – Smoking any substance ultimately leads to coughing, which exerts a lot of pressure on the abdomen and can lead to or worsen a hernia, Dr. Towfigh notes. Patients who cough incessantly for any reason are ultimately increasing their risk for inguinal hernia, and it is advised that they aggressively treat any sort of cough in order to lessen this risk.
  • Exercise –While, as discussed above, certain kinds of exercise can cause hernias, the right kind of physical activity can prevent it. Dr. Towfigh explains that scientific evidence shows that, if core abdominal muscles are strengthened through exercise, the risk of hernia can be dramatically reduced. She notes that yoga and pilates are particularly good ways to increase these muscle groups, not to mention sit-ups, pull-ups, weight training, and many other forms of exercise. Generally, when Dr. Towfigh diagnoses patients with hernias, she advises them to continue their exercise routines in order to keep the abdominal muscles strong. However, she notes that no changes in one’s exercise routine should be made without the supervision and expertise of one’s primary care physician.

Dr. Towfigh is an expert when it comes to hernia prevention, diagnosis, and repair. For more information about the work she performs at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, or to schedule a consultation, interested readers may call the center at (310) 358-5020, or visit the practice online at http://www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com.

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