Osteitis pubis

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Osteitis pubis is known to trigger groin pain that originates from the pubic bones at the anterior part of the pelvis.


The condition was previously believed to be an inflammation of the joint where the pubic bones meet at the front. The pain can spread around the groin region but focused at the site in the middle of the groin at the front. Osteitis pubis is mainly due to overuse or from a direct strike or impact.

It is likely to occur in some sports such as hockey and soccer as well as during pregnancy.

What are the signs?

The signs of osteitis pubis generally include the following:

  • Pelvic or groin pain while running, performing sit-ups or squatting
  • The discomfort can gradually develop and often mistaken as a muscle strain or groin strain
  • Waddling gait in severe cases
    Osteitis pubis
    Pelvic or groin pain while running, performing sit-ups or squatting.
  • An X-ray might reveal irregular pubic symphysis
  • Thickening and inflammation of the bone

Management of osteitis pubis

When a doctor is consulted, a diagnosis of the condition can be confirmed and rule out a hernia.

Generally, rest is the only form of treatment for the groin pain caused by the condition. In most cases, the individual should rest for only a few days, but severe cases might require up to 3 months of complete rest.

Anti-inflammatory medications might be prescribed by the doctor. The ideal resting period is based on the severity of the injury as well as a rehabilitation program. In addition, a corticosteroid injection might also be given.

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