What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)?
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD is also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain. But exactly What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)?. Well in a nutshell it is a debilitating condition causing separation of the two pelvic bones.
This causes the sufferer to experience excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either the anterior or lateral. The associated pain can be excrutiating.
This condition can occur due to a serious pelvic injury or in most cases documented in the process of giving birth to a baby when the pelvic ligaments have become so loose and lax under the influence of the pregnancy hormone Relaxin
Commonly linked to pregnancy and childbirth, it is sadly only officially diagnosed in approximately 1 in 300 pregnancies. However many estimates claim this figure to be far higher at around 1 in 50. Assuming 1 in 3 pregnancies experience back pain to some degree, I would suggest that in fact this figure is dramatically higher in those cases NOT actually medically diagnosed?
If you suffer from this condition you will likely experience a range of horrid symptoms. The main symptom being the pain or discomfort in the pelvic region.
This will likely be centred on the joint at the front of the pelvis (pubic symphysis).
Many sufferers complain of being able to hear a clicking or popping in and out of the lower back and hip joints, the sacroiliac. As they walk or change position this becomes more apparent
Sufferers frequently also experience pain in the lower back, hips, groin, lower abdomen, and legs.
The pain of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction SPD can vary in severity from just a mild discomfort to prolonged, extreme agony.
There are documented links between depression and SPD and depression. Understandably due to the physical discomfort experienced by the sufferer.
Walking may become a waddling style gait and climbing stairs may prove a real issue.
Leg abduction and adduction will be hard work and painful. Everyday activities like carrying, driving, and even standing can cause extreme discomfort.
Here are a few self help tips you can apply if you do suffer from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction:
Straddle or Squat
Life, Carry Bend or Twist
Walk Long distances
Adopt a Good posture
Use a specialist SPD Maternity Support Belt such as Hug-a-Bump ® whenever possible
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When sleeping, keep knees together with a supportive pillow between your legs
(this will keep your hips in alignment)
Mild exercise, ie pelvic floor reps
Ask and accept help
Use ice packs on painful areas
Good news is that in many , in fact most recorded cases of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, the symptoms all but disappear following the birth of your baby. This is not always the case though so be advised by your GP as to a course of action should you continue to suffer much after the birth.
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