Although SPD is common, it is important to manage the condition as soon as possible to limit any other complications. Physiotherapy is very effective in reducing symptoms of SPD and at Physio.co.uk, there are specialist women’s health physiotherapists who will work with you and provide a physiotherapy programme tailored to your needs.
Why might I experience SPD?
Although SPD is relatively common, there are certain factors that may increase the risk. The physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk can offer you a full treatment programme and also identify any risk factors to reduce the likelihood of SPD occurring again in the future. Risk factors of SPD may include:
- Large baby
- Weak surrounding muscles supporting the area
- Delivery of more than one baby
- Increased weight gain
- Previous problems with your sacroiliac joint or symphysis pubis joint
What are the symptoms of SPD?
There are a variety of symptoms that may be associated with SPD. Your physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk will carry out a full assessment and design a treatment programme to reduce these symptoms and optimise your recovery. Symptoms of SPD may include:
- An increased separation (diastasis) of the symphysis pubis joint
- Tenderness over the symphysis pubis joint
- Pain in the groin, thigh and sacroiliac joint (back of the pelvis)
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty getting in and out of the car/shower etc.
- Weak gluteal and abdominal muscles
- Shortened hip adductor muscles
What is the physiotherapy treatment for SPD?
There are various physiotherapy treatments for SPD. Your physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk will provide you with a comprehensive assessment and work with you to decide the best physiotherapy programme to suit you. Physiotherapy may include:
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Transverse abdominal strengthening exercises
- Advice on positions during labour
- Stretching of hip adductor muscles
- Pelvic stability exercises
- Advice on appropriate weight bearing activities
- Provision of support belts and/or crutches where necessary
Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) related to any pain or dysfunction of the symphysis pubis joint at the front of the pelvis. Although it is common during and after pregnancy, it is important that you try and manage the problem as soon as possible to speed up your recovery. The physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk will provide you with an individualised treatment programme to maximise your potential and reduce the risk of any complications in the future. Please call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment today. Alternatively, you can also book appointments with us online!