Treating and preventing pubalgia
A pubalgia is defined as "pubic enthesitis", meaning acute pain in the pubic area. This diffuse pain can develop over weeks or even months; this injury is normally caused while performing sports however it then asserts and is presented in the normal activities of daily life. Usually the pain is caused by a hyperextensions of the muscles in the pubic area, causing for this injury to begin developing. Pubalgia is a very frequent pathology among athletes and, unfortunately, has the peculiarity that when you act of presence is difficult to eradicate. This is a disabling injury and very uncomfortable one to live with. It causes a pain which may take weeks or even months to disappear and not only it is crippling to active people who practice sports and enjoy working out, but it can even be a great source of discomfort to perform regular daily activities.
Athletes of different disciplines can be exposed to pubalgia, it is a pathology that is involved in many sports and in all kinds of athletes both as high-level and amateurs. It is more frequent when the sport requires a sudden change of direction while playing it. One of the greatest risks is to make a muscular work at high speed and with great deal explosiveness. Such is the case of athletes sprinters, but also in all the disciplines in which you must perform a sprint or a change of direction, and that happens in basketball, handball, soccer, and so on.
In order to prevent a pubalgia from developing, experts recommend that all athletes perform regular core exercises to help strengthen the muscles located in the pelvic and pubic area. Core exercises help to build up and strengthen your core muscles. Top level athletes include a variety of routines that focus on this particular area in order to prevent any injuries. On more amateur levels, these exercises are often not performed, hence creating a higher risk of injuries to the pelvic area.
Pubalgia is cured with active physical work. It is often said by many experts that the more rest, the worse for the injury, hence that is why the complexity of this condition. It is a pathology that, like others, with the rest gets worse. That is why physiotherapy is necessary. A therapist will require the patient to start performing certain exercises designed to help them strengthen the injured area, preventing inactivity that could potentially cause more harm than good.
Furthermore, therapists will also recommend elongation by eccentric positions of hamstrings, abdominal muscles, limbs and psoas. These type of stretching exercises are made directly to help the muscles regain their flexibility and avoid any further damage. A therapist might also perform some massage therapy to assist the patient’s injured muscles.
Also, to help mitigate the pain caused by Pubalgia, TENS therapy is strongly recommended. Also cold therapy is recommended, to help treat the pain and make it stop.
If you are an active person and begin to feel discomfort on your pelvic area do not jump to conclusions at first, applying ice to the areas of discomfort might be enough to make it go away. However, if the pain intensifies, do not hesitate and contact your chiropractor. A Pubalgia can be treated and cured, but in order for treatment to be effective, you will need to be disciplined and follow your therapist’s instructions closely.