Osteitis pubis


Inflammation of the pubic symphsis and adjacent structure (termed osteitis pubis) can arise in athletes in and about the pubic symphsis, especially in those engaged in sprinting, kicking, twisting and cutting, such as football players. 

Inflammatory changes in and about the pubic symphysis may also arise after massive urologic/gynecologic operations or pregnancy, osteomyelitis, in the context of rheumatologic diseases, as well as in athletes, as here. 

This football (soccer) player presented with adductor tendinopathy and reduced hip exorotation in his dominant leg. This case shows florid bone marrow edema but findings underlying debilitating pain in athletes may be much more subtle, e.g. showing only tendinopathy without bone marrow edema.