Physical therapy management of osteitis pubis in a 10-year-old cricket fast bowler

Physiother Theory Pract. 2013 Aug;29(6):476-86. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2012.753650. Epub 2012 Dec 27.


This case report describes a 10-year-old boy who presented with radiating pain (Visual Analog Scale score of 7.2 cm) down his left groin and was eventually diagnosed to have osteitis pubis. History revealed that he was exceeding the workload guidelines of bowling for a fast bowler. Examination findings were left sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, reduced left internal rotation of the hip, tightness of bilateral hip flexors and poor motor control of the lumbo-pelvic muscles. Physical therapy was aimed at correcting the sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, increasing the hip range of motion and muscle length along with exercises aimed at improving the lumbopelvic stability. The patient had complete resolution of pain by the ninth week and returned to fast bowling without any discomfort.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Child
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteitis / diagnosis*
  • Osteitis / rehabilitation*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Pubic Bone / injuries*