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Pelvic Pain


Causes and Treatments for Pelvic pain. Physio Clinic Naas & Newbridge

 Causes of Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a common occurrence, especially in women during pregnancy. Pelvic pain can take different forms, the most common being: pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) or pubic symphysis dysfunction (PSD). Pelvic pain occurs most commonly during pregnancy due the increased weight-bearing requirements of the pelvis, changes in posture & the release of pregnancy related hormones such as relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone produced by the ovaries that acts to increase the laxity of the ligaments of the pelvis.

The pelvis has a high density of ligaments and these ligaments connect the pubic symphysis at the front of the pelvis & the sacroiliac joints at the back. Growth of the fetus as well as the widening of the pelvis and elongation of pelvic ligaments creates an environment where pelvic pain can develop. Relaxin levels are highest during the first trimester; however, the increased pressure on the spine in the later stages of pregnancy means that, oftentimes, pain becomes apparent at this stage. Pubic symphysis dysfunction (PSD) can give rise to pain that can prevent you from sleeping or even give rise to pain while going to the toilet.

Treatment of Pelvic Pain

Management of pelvic pain may require a combination of soft-tissue methods such as trigger point & myofascial release techniques or acupuncture. Also manipulation or mobilisation techniques can be very effective in relieving symptoms & restoring normal motion to the pelvic region. These will generally be combined with exercises to address specific deficiencies that may predispose to such symptoms. It is important to optimise range of motion at the lumbar spine and hips in order to make the delivery process as comfortable as possible.

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