Groin pain is very common amongst athletes and runners. It can often develop into Osteitis Pubis which is an aggravation of the Pubic Symphysis and encompassing muscles and ligaments.
Osteitis pubis is the most common inflammatory condition of the pubic symphysis and may present as acute groin pain ,abdominal or pelvic pain.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR DOCTOR FOR ADVICE AND TREATMENT.
But here are 5 simple tips to help:
- 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.
- USE PROPER GEAR
At times of strenuous activity, your body performs better and is less likely to get injured if it's supported by appropriate workout gear such as footwear and high-quality compression wear such as CORETECH® which specifically helps support deep core muscles and pelvic instability which are the leading factors in injury and re-injury.
- 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.
- 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.
Osteitis Pubis (OP) IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
GILMORE'S GROIN, GROIN DISRUPTION, INGUINAL DISRUPTION, SPORT'S GROIN, SPORT'S HERNIA, ATHLETIC PUBALGIA, ADDUCTOR MUSCLES STRAIN, 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.
If you suffer from any pain or discomfort in the groin area is important to treat your injury immediately and have a basic understanding of how to identify, treat, recover and minimize the injury from reoccurring.
HOW TO IDENTIFY if you have osteitis pubis
Generally, osteitis pubis is 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 (OP) is a gradual pain that develops over time. Osteitis Pubis (OP) 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.
OP 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.
SYMPTOMS OF OSTEITIS PUBIS (OP)
Symptoms of Osteitis Pubis are generally indicated by pain in the groin and lower belly. When pressure is applied to the area in front of your pubic bones, you may also feel pain and tenderness. The discomfort appears to start slowly, but eventually, it can reach a point where it is continuous.
An additional way that you can identify whether the pain you're experiencing is from Osteitis Pubis is to support the area with a compression garment such as Supacore CORETECH® Shorts and Tights that are specifically designed by a physiotherapist to stabilise the pelvis and reduce pain from Osteitis Pubis. If your pain decreases and your mobility increases it may indicate you have OP. Thousands of professional and amateur athletes have benefited tremendously from the patented sports technology built into CORETECH® products. Check out some of the testimonials here.