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J Sci Med Sport. 2005 Mar;8(1):77-84.

Hip joint range of motion reduction in sports-related chronic groin injury diagnosed as pubic bone stress injury.

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SPORTSMED SA Sports Medicine Clinic, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Abstract

Traumatic osteitis pubis is a non-specific entity that relates to chronic groin injury and has recently been described as being akin to a pubic bone stress injury. It is uncertain whether or not reduction of hip joint range of motion occurs in traumatic osteitis pubis. The purpose of this study was to establish whether there is a reduction of hip range of motion in athletes who have chronic groin injury diagnosed as pubic bone stress injury. A case-control study was performed whereby 89 Australian Rules footballers underwent, with clinical history unknown, clinical and MRI examination of the groin region. Clinical criteria (pain with tenderness) and MR-criteria (pubic bone marrow oedema) were used for diagnosis of pubic bone stress injury. End-range internal and external rotation hip motion was measured using a goniometer. Athletes with and without symptoms were compared, as were athletes with current symptoms with athletes who had recovered from their groin pain episode. Chronic groin injury was diagnosed in 47 athletes with 37 having pubic bone stress injury. Thirteen athletes had previous groin injury. A reduction of internal and external hip range of motion was demonstrated in athletes with pubic bone stress injury (p < 0.05) and in athletes who had current symptoms compared to those who had recovered from their groin pain episode (p < 0.05). A reduction in hip range of motion was evident in athletes with chronic groin injury diagnosed as pubic bone stress injury. There may be a role for increasing hip range of motion in rehabilitation.

PMID:
15887904
DOI:
10.1016/s1440-2440(05)80027-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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