Footy season is well and truly underway. Common AFL injuries include hamstring strains, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, groin strains, ankle sprains…. the list is endless!
One injury that can rear its ugly head in AFL is groin pain, more specifically Osteitis Pubis. Although it isn’t very common these days, a well known recent case is that of Joe Daniher, which saw him sidelined for an extended period of time.
Osteitis Pubis is described as a non-infectious inflammation of the pubic symphysis (the joint at the front of the pelvis). The presentation of this condition is lower abdominal, pelvic or groin pain, dull ache in nature that can become sharp/stabbing with activities such as running, kicking or changing direction. Research conducted by University of Melbourne’s Centre for Sports Medicine showed that in almost all cases the condition is related to athletes having poor core body strength.
Here at Ormond Physiotherapy your experienced physiotherapist will be able to diagnose, identify causes, and develop a treatment plan to rehabilitate you back to play.
It is important to remember that it is not only the AFL players amongst us that are at risk of developing Osteitis Pubis, which can also develop from running, soccer, tennis, pregnancy, trauma or even gynaecology or urology surgery. Pilates is an excellent way to keep your body strong and balanced to reduce risk factors and keep healthy.