As the Footy season gets underway here at Ormond Physiotherapy we get ready for the influx of footy injuries that accompany it. Common AFL injuries include hamstring strains, shoulder injuries knee ligament and menisci injuries, groin strains, ankle sprains…. The list is endless. One injury that is becoming increasingly common in AFL and presenting to Ormond Physiotherapy is groin pain, more specifically Osteitis Pubis . This may be due to the increasing demand of AFL players to build in size and strength
Osteitis Pubis is described as a non-infectious inflammation of the pubis synthesis (the joint at the front of the pelvis). The presentation at Ormond Physiotherapy 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.
There are many common causes of Osteitis Pubis. These are categorised into overloading due to a sudden increase in intensity or duration of exercises or a return to exercise after a long rest period (rest season). Biomechanical issues such as poor foot , body, running or walking mechanics can contribute to muscle imbalance in the groin and buttock region. Hard or uneven ground or leg length differences can also play a factor in the development of Osteitis Pubis, however there is not always a known cause.
Here at Ormond Physiotherapy we will be able to diagnose, identify causes and develop a treatment plan to rehabilitate you back to play. We will use adjuncts such as the gait scan, soft tissue and manual therapy techniques as well as exercise programs and Pilates.
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. Here at Ormond Physiotherapy we run a variety of Pilates classes and one-on-one sessions to help your ongoing treatment needs.