CASE REPORTPhysical Therapy Management of an Older Individual Following Symphysis Resection Due to Osteitis PubisVillage, David Author Information David Village, MSPT, DHSc is Associate Professor in the physical therapy program at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0420 ([email protected]). Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy: Spring 2011 - Volume 2 - Issue 1 - p 4-9 Buy Abstract Background and Purpose: Osteitis pubis (OP) is an inflammatory disease of the pubic symphysis most often associated with young athletes, but it can also occur in older individuals. Conservative management is usually successful, but on rare occasions surgery is required. A gap in the literature exists regarding the rehabilitation of older individuals in the acute care setting. Case Description: This case report describes the 2-week acute and skilled nursing facility physical therapy for a 61-year-old woman who underwent pubic symphysis resection secondary to OP. Outcomes: This patient made progress toward achieving the stated anticipated goals. Initial post-operative surgical pain slowed improvement with functional mobility activities. Conclusion: This case report describes the elements of physical therapy management for a patient with symphysis resection due to OP. The description follows the APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice in outlining the physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention for this patient. Physical therapists may be unfamiliar with this patient population due to the infrequency of the surgery. This highly motivated patient made significant improvement in a short amount of time in the acute care and skilled nursing facility settings receiving treatment based on conventional principles of physical therapy management. © 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.