Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy Perth
It is a common condition that affects many mothers during pregnancy and sometimes postpartum (post birth). Most commonly, pelvic girdle pain spontaneously goes away after birth, but a small percentage of mothers can still suffer from pelvic girdle pain postpartum.
Did you know that pelvic girdle pain Perth has a higher prevalence during pregnancy compared to pregnancy related lower back pain?
Pelvic Girdle Pain Symtoms
Pelvic girdle pain causes pain and discomfort around the pelvic region which may include hips, lower back, and pubic pain. Often pain can be experienced at the posterior iliac crest, gluteal area, around the sacroiliac joint, groin, adductors (inner thigh) and can radiate down the back of the thigh. Symptoms may vary between each patient, as some can present with mild symptoms and others can present with severe pain. Pelvic girdle pain Perth can make everyday tasks such as walking, standing, sitting, completing housework, and sleeping painful.
Causes of Pelvic Girdle Pain
· Pregnancy related hormonal changes causes laxity in ligaments around the pelvis, resulting in the pelvis being more vulnerable to injury and pain. Ligament laxity results in reduced forced closure around the pelvis, which leads to inability to maintain the closed pack alignment of the sacroiliac joint when weight bearing. This means that there is reduced stability and support around the pelvis.
· Increasing weight and stress load through the pelvic region during pregnancy can also cause pelvic girdle pain. The extra weight from the growing baby places extra stress on the pelvic region resulting in pain and discomfort around the area. Furthermore, postural and gait changes during pregnancy can exacerbate pelvic pain further.
· Anatomy changes in the pelvic area during pregnancy such as widening of the pubic symphysis and flattening of the sacroiliac joints can also lead to discomfort and pain around the pelvis.
Are you at Risk of Pelvic Girdle Pain?
· Previous history of lower back pain
· Previous hip and knee injuries/problems
· Previous trauma to the pelvis
How Trained Physio and Fitness can help you?
· Based on a thorough and individualised assessment, we either recommend or provide specific tools to help with pain relief such as taping, bracing and compression garments
· We can investigate into your sleeping posture and modify accordingly to encourage a better night’s sleep
· Provide manual therapy which may include massage or mobilisations to assist with pain relief
Physiotherapy has several goals including promote healing, reduce pain, avoiding aggravation, optimising physical function and global strengthening to restore normal movement patterns. Our Trained Physio’s will work with you to understand your specific pain point and your daily demands.
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