THE ROLE OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY IN A CASE OF SUSPECTED PUBICOSTEITIS IN PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

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“Pubalgia” is known to be an invaliding condition for athle- tes, until to force the athlete to long absences from the training or competitions, cause of wrong diagnosis or ina- dequate therapy. Here we describe the clinical case of a patient, male, 29, professional soccer player, admitted to our ambulatory for right inguinal and pubic district pain, ir- radiated to perineum until sacrum-coccygeum joint. A pel- vic muscle-skeletal segment MRI examination showed a 1 centimeter diameter endomedullar area, to be considered as a bone medullar oedema at anterior extremity of the right pubic branch. After careful clinical examination and verified the patient recruiting, HBOT treatment was started with this protocol: 2.8 ATA, inspiring O2 100% mixture, 1- hour a day. On 28th treatment meeting patient felt a signifi- cant reduction of pain symptomatology. Following MRI examination was performed on 48th meeting treatment and showed evident reduction of oedematous area.
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