Osteitis Pubis

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The pelvis is the structure responsible for connecting the spine to the lower body. The pelvic protects the bladder, intestines, and many important blood vessels. Many of the important leg muscles and abdominal muscles attach to the pelvis and allow the body to move and function.

If you experience pelvic bone pain, one possible explanation is osteitis pubis. This condition consists of inflammation of the pubic symphysis, which leads to pain. Generally, this condition affects mostly young athletes. The injury itself results from overuse and occurs at the front of the pelvis along the pubic symphysis joint. This joint consists of the two pubic bones, which is the capsule of the joint, and the fluid within the joint. Several activities increase one’s risk of developing osteitis pubis, such as:

  • Poor strength and flexibility.
  • Loss of motion.
  • Previous injury to the hip.
  • Sports such as soccer or football.
  • Long-distance running, fencing, and weightlifting.

If left untreated, it may lead to sclerosis (roughening), separation, or displacement of the pubic junction. Numerous factors may lead to the development of osteitis pubis. Alterations in the type of exercise regime undertaken (extreme training, running on hard or uneven surfaces, or returning to sport after a period of resting), as well as biomechanical factors, may provide the key to determining the osteitis pubis root cause.

The duration of osteitis pubis depends almost entirely on the severity of your injury. For instance, most patients experience a recovery period of anywhere from two to three months.

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