Here's my story.
On November 23rd (2015) I was at my son's basketball practice and I decided to run a killer with the kids at the end of practice. A killer is where you start at the baseline, sprint to the free throw line and touch the line, sprint back to the baseline(touch the line), sprint to mid court, etc. There's a lot of starting, stopping and twisting involved and my 41 year old wasn't warmed up sufficiently. As I touched the baseline and turned to sprint to mid court I felt a "large" rip in my left groin/lower abdomen and I went down in a heap. I immediately had the sensation that my guts were falling out. I spent the next 5 days pretty much completely immobile. I was able to hobble around, but that was about it.
The day after the injury I went into urgent care and they took an x-ray which revealed nothing (as expected). They gave me some pain killers and told me to follow up with a physician in a few weeks if I wasn't feeling better. After 3 weeks of inactivity with little improvement I visited a Sports Medicine doctor. By poking around she was able to pinpoint the primary injury location being where the adductors connect to the pubic bone. She diagnosed me with a sports hernia. On that day I could barely my lift left leg off the table and any movement requiring my adductors was very painful. The doctor gave me the option of getting an MRI right away or doing physical therapy for 3 weeks and then re-evaluating. I opted for the PT route.
Today is January 20th and I've been doing physical therapy for ~4 weeks. I have improved quite a bit since the initial injury 8+ weeks ago, but I would estimate my recovery at about 40%. I had a followup on Monday and the doctor was a bit disappointed that I wasn't further along. She gave the option again of getting an MRI or continuing with PT since I am showing improvement all be it slowly.
I'm able to walk, climb stairs and do daily activities with minimal pain. I still have pain at night when I roll over in bed and I am unable to run. I can jog slowly on the treadmill (4.3 MPH), but if I push it any more then I feel an uncomfortable pulling sensation in my left lower abdomen. I tried using the hip adductor machine today and I was only able to do 3 reps at 10lbs.
At this point I suspect that I may have two injuries. The first being an adductor tear which I believe is improving. The 2nd is a possible tear in my lower left abdomen area. I don't see any bulging, but I certainly felt a rip at the time of injury and the pain is pronounced when I try to run. The doctor wasn't sure if the pain I'm feeling is related to the adductors or if it is a separate injury.
If you were me would you get the MRI immediately or continue with physical therapy?