Osteitis Pubis (OP) is a chronic osteitis due to repetitive stress to the symphysis pubis by the muscles that attach in the groin area, causing pain with simple daily movements and activities over the pelvis, hip and groin (pubis symphysis).
OP is often referred to as any of the following:
Hamstring injury, Gilmore's Groin, Groin Disruption, Inguinal Disruption, Sportsman's Groin, Sportsman's Hernia, Athletic Pubalgia, Adductor Muscles strain, Pubic Symphysis Support, Hockey hernia or Hockey groin.
It occurs in such athletic activities as distance running, soccer, football, skating, and hockey.The overuse of muscles around the pelvis cause stress on the pelvic joint, and this repeated pressure on the pubis bones can cause the joint to begin eroding.
Osteitis Pubis can be very easily worsened, so it is important to treat your injury immediately and have a basic understanding of how to identify, treat, recover and prevent the injury from reoccurring.
How to Identify Osteitis Pubis
Osteitis Pubis is generally indicated by a slow build-up of tension and pain in the groin area. However, pain in the general upper thigh region can be an indicator as well. It is not uncommon to feel this pain on one side of the pelvis, but not the other. The muscles that suffer most from this inflammation lie on either side of the pelvis. Inflammation can occur on either side or both.
The chronic groin and inner thigh pain associated with Osteitis Pubis is a gradual pain that develops over time. Osteitis Pubis is the result of consistently causing stress to the pubic bone area and is not the outcome of one specific occurrence. However, it is common for an increase in training to set off the pain.
Osteitis Pubis is often caused by the instability of the pelvic joint. This is caused and exacerbated by the unbalanced amount of force used when running or kicking. The instability of this area can also result in groin strains and lower back pain for sufferers of Osteitis Pubis.
How to prevent Osteitis Pubis and related injuries from reoccurring
There are 5 simple and effective ways to help prevent these sort of injuries from reoccurring.
- Stretch and warm up properly before exercise - Regardless of what, when and how often you are working out, it is important to prime your muscles beforehand.
- Try to avoid activities that cause discomfort - Exercise is a progressive process where as you become fitter, you are able to handle more stress on your body.
- Work on the strength and flexibility of key muscles- To be able to work at your peak, you need to be constantly focusing on the strength and flexibility of your different muscle groups.
- Take time to rest and recover - In order to increase the performance of your muscles, it is essential that you give yourself some time to recover from the strain of exercise.
- Use proper gear - At times of strenuous activity, your body performs better and is less likely to get injured if it's supported with appropriate workout gear such as footwear and high quality compression wear.
You can read more about these steps in our 5 easy ways to help prevent Osteitis Pubis (OP) and related groin injuries article.
Massimo Luongo, Midfielder Queens Park Rangers and the Australian national team.
4 Ways to Treat Osteitis Pubis
For the best possible chance of a speedy recover, it's important to follow these 4 steps when an injury does occur:
Take a break - When you start to feel pain in your groin and inner thighs, the inflammation has begun to occur.
Apply ice - In order to reduce pain and inflammation, apply ice over the affected area as soon as you can.
See a medical professional - It’s impossible to self-diagnose Osteitis Pubis. As with any pain you experience, it is important to see a medical professional.
Wear supportive compression - The CORETECH™ range of Supacore compression have been engineered and body mapped to replicate the body’s own deep stability system by providing optimal placement of external compressive forces throughout the pelvis and core.
You can read more about these steps in our 4 simple steps to effectively treat Osteitis Pubis (OP) and other groin related injuries article.
Osteitis Pubis is a troublesome injury that can result in excruciating pain. So if possible, you should attempt to prevent it by preparing yourself for exercise, and giving yourself the necessary time to recover. Otherwise, it is important that you can identify this particular pain. Make sure that you don’t ignore the pain in hopes that it will just disappear. Instead, take the steps to treat your pain, and try to prevent it in future.
A real life Osteitis Pubis story: Tim, Melbourne, Footballer
After 8 years of battling osteitis pubis, 2 operations and countless hours of rehabilitation exercises I have found something that I can rely on. 2 days prior to heading into a professional football training camp in Canada my friend introduced me to Supacore. After the first week of two a day practices and a gruelling strength program I wondered how I was going to physically make it through the camp. The support the Supacore Coretech Short provided to my core was incredible. After 6 weeks I realised I had not been to the medical room once or missed one session. Supacore has given me exactly what I was missing.