The pubis is the area where the two pubic bones meet in the front of the pelvis. They are joined by cartilage. Osteitis pubis is a condition caused by stress on this joint. It can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness right over the pubis. The pain may go into the groin area.
Osteitis pubis often happens when you overdo an activity or repeat the same activity day after day. It is most common in distance runners and soccer players.
Many things can cause groin pain. The doctor may use X-rays or other imaging tests to diagnose this condition.
Osteitis pubis will get better in time with home care. But it may take a few months. The doctor may recommend physiotherapy and exercises to stretch and strengthen your hip muscles. Sometimes a steroid shot can help reduce pain and swelling.
It is important to avoid the activity that caused this condition until the pain is gone. If you don't, you may have ongoing pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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