Back Pain and SPD (Symphysis Pubic Disorder) during Pregnancy

February 13, 2012

Pregancy puts an enormous strain on a woman’s lower back and pelvic area. View this for an explanation of what happens: Back Pain during Pregnancy Explained

Some women also experience excruciating pain through their pregnancy due to SPD – pain ranges from an uncomfortable throb in the groin to severe pain which makes walking very difficult. It is often much worse at night and can stop women getting much sleep; symptoms can include

· lower back pain, especially in the sacro-iliac area
· difficulty/pain rolling over in bed
· Difficulty/pain with stairs, getting in and out of cars, sitting down or getting up, putting on clothes, bending, lifting, standing on one foot, lifting heavy objects, etc.
· sciatica type symptoms (pain in buttocks and down the leg)
· “clicking” in the pelvis when walking
· getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night can be especially painful
· feeling like hip is out of place or has to pop into place before walking

My client had had SPD all through her pregnancy and some of the pain and sharp twinges persisted even after the birth of her daughter (who was no nearly 2yrs old). She had got used to the pain so when she consulted me for her upper body problem, she mentioned the pain in the lower back and hips only in passing.

When she returned for her follow up session, the first thing she said was that she no longer had symptoms of her SPD and she got quite tearful. She told me she had resigned herself to never being without this pain and couldn’t believe that she no longer had it… – isn’t it awful how easily we get used to living with pain?

My motto is: something, no matter how small, can ALWAYS be done and as I treat the WHOLE person and not just the area the problem is being experienced, it is not unusual to get such results…