Pain along the pelvis and groin region is known as osteitis pubis. Osteitis pubis develops through the inflammation of the pubic symphysis, or the joints of the major pelvic bones found at the front of the pelvis.
The pubic symphysis is a thin joint which generally provides very minimal motion. The joint retains the two sides of the pelvis together in the front, where they connect at the sacrum in the rear side of the pelvis.
Osteitis Pubis Symptoms
Osteitis pubis is commonly characterized by pain in the front of the pelvis. Other causes of pelvic pain, such as a strain or a sprain, are frequently confused and diagnosed as osteitis pubis. While many patients report painful symptoms on one side, the pain typically occurs in the middle of the pelvis. Other symptoms of osteitis pubis include limping and weakness.
Osteitis Pubis Causes
For some patients, the pubic symphysis itself can become irritated and inflamed, causing the well-known symptoms of osteitis pubis. Other common causes of osteitis pubis comprise of: sports injuries, particularly from football, hockey, and soccer; pregnancy; gynecologic or abdominal surgical interventions; and trauma or injury from accidents.
Osteitis pubis is known as the inflammation of the pubis symphysis which causes various degrees of lower abdominal, pelvic, and groin pain. Symptoms of osteitis pubis include pain and discomfort in the region of the pelvis when engaging in physical activities, and loss of flexibility. A variety of causes, including sports injuries, can cause osteitis pubis. Fortunately, rest alone can help treat this painful health issue.
Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T.
Osteitis Pubis Diagnosis
Diagnosis of osteitis pubis generally involves x-rays which demonstrate an irregular pubic symphysis with sclerotic, or thick, bone borders as a result of chronic inflammation. An MRI test is generally not required, however, it will help demonstrate the inflammation of the bone and the joint.
Additional tests may be performed to ensure there’s no infection in the bone which could also be causing symptoms similar to osteitis pubis. This complication is more of a concern for those patients who have had recent surgery or for those who are more prone to suffer from infections.
Osteitis Pubis Management
The most recommended treatment for osteitis pubis is rest. Since inflammation is the problem, the human body often only requires the joint to rest in order to heal correctly. Other treatment, however, consists of:
An essential treatment for osteitis pubis is rest as this will permit the intense inflammation in the pelvis and groin to subside. For many patients, rest alone is the only treatment necessary for their osteitis pubis. If the pain is severe, crutches or a cane may provide additional assistance.
Ice and Heat
Ice packs and heating pads are among the most commonly used remedies for inflammation. Make sure to follow the instructions of your healthcare professional before utilizing ice and heat for your osteitis pubis symptoms.
Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option for osteitis pubis. A doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, will utilize a variety of treatment methods and techniques, to help restore strength, mobility, and flexibility while rest is needed to subside the painful symptoms. Chiropractic care can also help correct any spinal misalignments which may be causing additional pain and discomfort for the patient.
Drugs and/or Medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are frequent prescriptions provided for patients with hip pain brought on by problems like arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Treatment of osteitis pubis may take some time to completely relieve the painful symptoms. The use of drugs and/or medications is demonstrated to be better than the other treatment options listed above, although attempts to heal osteitis pubis with cortisone injections have been tested.
Surgical interventions are generally not necessary for patients with osteitis pubis. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
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