Pregnancy can cause many muscle and joint issues for women, with pelvic girdle pain being the most common. Pain can start anytime during pregnancy, labor or after natural deliveries and C-sections. Symptoms may be felt in the low back, tail bone, buttocks, front of the pelvis or into the groin and they often worsen with lifting, twisting, straining or changing positions.
It’s no secret that pregnancy causes additional stress to our joints, muscles and ligaments. Hormonal changes cause lax ligaments. Our back, abdominal and pelvic muscles can become overactive or under-active and become a source of pain. Trauma to the pelvis and pelvic muscles during labor may also cause pain.
Physiotherapy can help during pregnancy and after delivery. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the pain. Treatment may include education on posture, positioning and lifting. Manual therapy can restore normal joint and soft tissue movement.
Specific exercises can improve function of the core and pelvic muscles to increase stability of the pelvic girdle and reduce pain. Contact Summit Physiotherapy to find out how we can help you.