Now be fair minded and post all the success stories that are posted as well so people can educate themselves equally.
Here is one for you:
I am an overweight ex-boxer who is 4.5 weeks out. Yesterday and today i am PAIN FREE for the 1st time in 5 years.....Not an ache...not any tightness....nothing....
I walked 2 miles today....
I did my sprints (40 yds), ran backwards, and side shuffles and also jumping jacks (no arms) and jumped rope. I feel great. No soreness of any kind for 48 hours now. This is huge for me.
I still have my dominant hip flexors that I will be working with a Gray Cook trained therapist as of next Monday and then go see Meyers for a follow up.
Here is my point to everyone who suspects they have Athletic Pubalgia.
#1 - Get a DIAGNOSIS...please do this asap....the longer you let it go if you have it the more you set yourself up for additional dysfunctions...(i.e. hip tears, SI joint pain, sciatica, etc.)
#2 - After the diagnosis develop a conservative plan of action that you and your doctor can decide on to see if it can be dealt with. Do NOT try to experiment with unproven methods. There are protocols used by Mike Boyle who also has proteges like Mike Robertson, Eric Cressey, Gray Cook who all follow similar hip flecibility, neutral pelvis protocol to help strengthen the core.
#3 - If this conservative treatment is not working, surgery is an excellent option. It is not the harbinger of death and pain as Surf would have you believe. It is not merely a coin toss where Dr. Meyers would be guessing on you. He will not choose you for surgery if he does not think he can help. It does him no good to NOT CURE people. He is looking to provide clinical data which suggests a high success rate. Do not tell me it is about $$$ because he is well off to start with. this is the inventor of the surgery and someone who has identified 18 different varieties with over 120+ surgical combinations he has used. This is hardly someone who does not know what he is talking about like Surf says.
What the doctor can not do is this:
1) he can not do rehab for you
2) he does not know other underlying dysfunctions you may have (he tells you flat out he is not a sports medicine doctor/orthopedic)
3) set the criteria for success for you
Like Waves says is Meyers puts you in a position to heal yourself. He can not do the work for you.
As far as Johnny goes I can feel the pain and desperation in his words and i feel for him. However, he had 3 surgeries within 21 months for this. That is not much time and who knows what Meyers had to undo when he got to him.
It also appears he was doing well. I mean he was training to be a top level sprinter. I know many here that could never get that type of push-off.
All I am saying is weigh your options either through PT or surgery. Get all the facts first and do it in a timely fashion so you do not undwind your pelvic compartment. If someone told me what I had 4.5 years ago I would not have lost a great job and a boatload of money. I would have tried rehab (which i did and was identical to what Boyles is) and i would have opted for surgery, but i would not have labral tears or back pain...or gained 40 pounds.
Do NOT play around with this and experiment with smoking pot, alcohol, surfing. Although this is a "newer diagnosis" there is alot of data out there that is tried and true. I think it is wonderful to collaborate and get ideas, however there is no need to reinvent the wheel as laymen. These doctors have dedicated their lives to this condition and have seen thousands come before us. So to think we sufferers from all different backrounds (educationally and scientifically) is ludicrous....sheer lunacy to think we can uncover something the experts have not. We do not have a large enough sample size to make any comparisons nor do we have diagnosis that are similar like they do.
If you can heal it through PT then I wish you the best and be thankful it was not a complete tear. However, if you think you have this dreaded condition do not leave it up to guesswork. Get on a plane (southwest flies to Philly from most cities from $49-109 one way) and get an MRI. It will give you piece of mind and you will see (clear as day with the new technology) if you have it or not). You would not treat any other body part any differently.
Trust the experts, not some random poster who may or may not have the disorder. The chances for success are on our sides. I saw Grant Hill last night and he was a supposed "failure" and he says he has never been in better shape and his wife loves his new abs. hmmmmmm. Meyers operated on him yet he still hurt. It was not until he did Core-X with McHenzie that it went away. So be sure before you cast dispersions on failure you know what the definition is. We all heal differently.