RICK - Trust me, I know how incredibly frusterating and scary this is. It does seem like as soon as you wrap your head around it, you find new info to contradict it. But you have found in this site an incredible wealth of knowledge - these guys have been thru it for way longer than we have and can teach us so much.
SURF - I totally get that you do not want to have the surgery - I don't htink anyone on this forum wanted that. But - we all faced the fact that there was no other option for us.
As far as Mike Boyle goes - I actually emailed w/ him personally on the matter of rehab b/c I read his article that you posted on here. (if you post on a forum on his webiste strengthcoach.com - you might get to interact directly w/ him too) And do you know what he said - for me, surgery was the only option b/c my injury had gone on for so long and was past the point of repair thru rehab. No joke - he said that himself.
Also - when Dr Meyers told me I needed the adductor release - I asked if there was anythign I could do on my own so that I did not have to have that done. He siad if I stretched enough I might be able to pop the scar tissue myself. I was in pretty serious pain by that point - but I went home and stretched for hours - all 3 splits and then some- but there are some things that your body just cannot do on its own. I needed it to be surgically fixed.
I have read every medical document I can find on Athletic Pubalgia and there is only one study that has ever shown rehab to be effective - it was a 5 year rehab program and only worked for 60% of the patients. I myself make a living w/ my body (I am a dance professor at the university level, a choreographer and performer,and a Pilates teacher). So I could not spend 5 years hoping for the best. Even for those that are not pros that have this -they are mostly very active people and would be seriously losing quality of life if they could not use your bodies. The surgery has a 96% rate - why would you go for 60% in taht case?
Everyone keeps saying this - but the most important thing is to get it taken care of before it attacks the rest of your body. I am only 34 years old and now I have labral tears in both of my hips and also a very screwy SI joint. This would never have happened had I not wasted time trying to fix it on my own for 8 months. Like everyone else on here - I did everything - PT, Massage, Chiropractor. You cannot magically reattach muscle to bone w/ rest, ice and rehab.
SURF - you asked for success stories - I had a pretty major RA tear (went all the way up to under my ribs) and need 3 rows of sutures. I also needed the adductor release (had compartment syndrome where scar tissue fuses the muscles together - had 20 incisions in my adducotrs). I am not even 3 weeks post-op and every day I am:
1)walking a very fast 5-6 miles
2)doing an hour of pool exercises (running, swimming laps w/ just my legs, side slide, etc)
3) lifting weigths for upper body 30 minutes
4) lifting weights for lower body 45 minutes
5) I am already in a runner's lunge and the straddle splits
6) Running up and down the staris (I don't have access to a stair climber)
I feel like I could do more but don't want to push too hard too soon until the tissue is healed. I think that is pretty successful though for only 19 days out.
Surf - I know surgery sucks - but please try to understand that you are doing yourself and your body a diservice by waiting. Also - you are doing all of the new people on this site a diservice to spew out info that is not entirely true. Please don't say that all of these professional have healed w/out surgery when they don't even have AP. It is very misleading and unfair to someone who has trying to gather helpful info. I was TERRIFIED when I met Albert in Dr Meyer's waiting room b/c of some of the stuff I was reading on this site. I do think that everyone should be allowed to speak their mind - absolutely - but we are just saying to please make sure that you are not stating things as fact when they are just opinion.
Thansk to all of you for your help in understanding this very complex injury. thanks for all of the encouragement and support thru the rehab prcess! Tiff