Treatment of Osteitis Pubis in Non-Athlete Female Patients

E Kavroudakis, P.K Karampinas, D.S Evangelopoulos*, J Vlamis
3rd Department of Orthopaedics, University of Athens, Greece

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Osteitis pubis represents a non-infectious inflammation of the pubic symphysis causing varying degrees of lower abdominal and pelvic pain. Although, the disease is believed to affect mainly young athletic patients, it is also encountered in other specific patient groups. Both conservative and surgical treatment options are available. While for elite athletes surgical treatment is indicated, leading to fast pain relief and mobilization, for non-athletic patients no clear indication can be established.


Eight non-athletic women with osteitis pubis, referred to our Department for treatment, were evaluated. All were initially treated conservatively with bed rest, per os non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy.


Seven patients improved significantly with conservative treatment while one displayed no improvement and was treated surgically with arthrodesis.


We conclude that, for non-athletic female patients suffering from osteitis pubis, surgery is rarely required and that conservative treatment by means of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and physical modalities represents a fair option regarding pain and limitation of everyday activity.

Keywords: Osteitis pubis, pubic osteomyelitis, conservative treatment.