What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction? - IMPACT Physical Therapy

What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?

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Are you experiencing trouble walking and climbing stairs due to pelvic pain during pregnancy? The hormonal and postural changes of pregnancy can create issues like upper back pain, and sharp pelvic pain during your pregnancy’s third trimester known as symphysis pubis dysfunction. What is symphysis pubis dysfunction, exactly? The pubic symphysis is a joint at the front of the pelvis that can become misaligned during pregnancy, causing pain.

The good news is that there’s plenty that you can do to reduce the severity of your symptoms! Physical therapy designed to reduce pain and promote proper posture can—and should—be a key part of prenatal and postnatal care. A physical therapist can help you reduce pelvic pain during pregnancy with targeted symphysis pubis dysfunction exercises.

What Does Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Feel Like?

If you haven’t yet reached your third trimester and haven’t yet had pelvic pain during pregnancy, you may be feeling a little apprehensive about what’s to come. So, what is symphysis pubis dysfunction going to do to your mobility, and what other symptoms can you expect? After your physician has assured you that your pregnancy is progressing well, you may want to ask a physical therapist for symphysis pubis dysfunction exercises specifically designed to reduce the severity of symptoms such as:

  • Sharp pelvic pain during your pregnancy’s third trimester
  • Pain at the front of the pelvic girdle
  • A waddling gait and pain while walking and climbing stairs
  • Difficulty lifting and carrying objects
  • Pain during any activity that requires asymmetrical leg movement

How Physical Therapy Can Relieve Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Many people find that physical therapy is effective for sharp pelvic pain during pregnancy, even in the third trimester. Your treatment may include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction exercises to strengthen and stabilize the pelvic girdle
  • Exercises to improve posture
  • Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor
  • Education about proper body mechanics and posture

Learn More About Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

It’s possible to live with less pain during your third trimester! Reach out to an IMPACT Physical Therapy facility near you and find out how a licensed physical therapist can help you build strength and reduce pelvic pain during pregnancy. You can find us in downtown Chicago, the southwest suburbs, and Champaign Urbana—or request a virtual visit if you’d like to learn more today.