Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphysis Pubis Disorder (SPD) affects about 70,000 women a year. It can cause extreme discomfort and difficulty in walking especially during pregnancy. There is no medication that will cure it . In our experience pelvic girdle pain is a condition that starts before pregnancy. It affects men & women but hormones soften the ligaments in women during pregnancy.
It is also a major factor in groin strain suffered by sports people. Sometimes it is diagnosed as osteitis pubis (inflammation of the pubic bones). My colleague Vanya and I have successfully treated hundreds of people who suffer from groin strain by using non-painful muscle energy techniques.
A lady who first came in hobbling with the condition during pregnancy said to me after three sessions that successfully resolved her pain,
“I wish that this treatment was available on the NHS.”
The symphysis pubis forms the two bones that meet just above the clitoris in women and just above the penis in men. The bones are the lower part of the pelvic girdle. A fibrous disc joins them. The disc is a web of ligaments, mainly collagen. If the joint becomes strained or unstable the bones do not quite meet symmetrically.
The enclosed x ray shows what happens when the joints are strained. The pelvic girdle is not quite symmetrical, that shows the lady was not lying flat. However the pubic bones still do not align in the x ray.
The following scan shows a male pelvis where the pubic bones are aligned. Both of these people suffered major trauma before theses scans were taken.
If someone has pelvic girdle pain the legs might give the appearance of one leg being longer, or of one side of the pelvic dropping forwards and downwards. Because the pubic bones act like a hinge they are a fulcrum for movement. You might for instance feel pain in the lateral part of your hips. In our experience common conditions like trochanteric bursitis or iliotibial band syndrome are often resolved when we successfully treat pelvic girdle pain.