Injury: Osteitis pubis (groin injury)

About osteitis pubis (OP)

Osteitis pubis is a condition that causes severe, often crippling pain in the groin. It can profoundly inhibit physical performance - but it can be cured.

OP pain usually originates from inflammation of the insertion of the large adductor muscles into the pubic bone deep in the groin – so-called adductor tendonitis. These muscles are located on the inside of the thigh and are responsible for pulling the leg in towards the midline. (See figure) Pain can arise while exercising or even when at rest. The affected area may be very sensitive to the touch.

One of the least understood injuries in sports medicine, OP can be a major challenge for doctors, physiotherapists, trainers and other sports-related health professionals.

Why? Because they know there is little can be done about curing it other than surgery. But operation can't be guaranteed to work either as recovery may well keep the patient off the field for several months.



There are all manners of treatment such as ice, heat, rest, exercise, massage, oral and topical anti-inflammatory medication and so on, but results are often disappointing. Therefore, OP can persist for a long time.

Wheatgrass for OP

A 40 year old jockey who had suffered groin pain since age 10 came to see if I could help him. His pain was so bad it was ruining his quality of life. Surgeons had even explored inside his scrotum as they thought the pain may be coming from his testicle, but no abnormality was found.

My physical examination revealed a classic case of OP, with marked pain and limitation of leg movement and exquisite tenderness over the insertion of the adductor muscle tendon - the common site of OP pain.

I applied a little wheatgrass extract over the tender area. About ten minutes later the patient had regained full movement of his leg and walked without pain - as, he said: "For the first time in 30 years!" At follow up a month later, he was still pain-free.

Hard to believe? Of course, but this patient was only one of a number I have treated successfully with wheatgrass over the years.

How does wheatgrass work for pain?

First, please visit this page for background information.

Laboratory research has shown that wheatgrass extract can inhibit Substance P - the most widely spread pain transmission molecule in the body. If for instance you burn yourself on a hotplate, Substance P is rapidly released at the site resulting in rapid transmission of pain to the brain. You then feel the pain and withdraw your hand.

Likewise, applying wheatgrass to the groin for OP can prevent the pain reaching the brain.

Considering how rapidly wheatgrass worked in this and many other cases I have seen, the theory of "disordered musculo-skeletal mechanics" theory of the cause of OP pain, should be reviewed.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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