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Pelvic Dysfunction

The bones of your pelvis form a circle which is held together by the snug fit of your bones and supported by the muscles which surround your pelvis.

Common Signs & Symptoms

  • You can put your finger on the spot it hurts most - usually at the base of your spine around the dimple in the bottom of your back
  • Pain can spread into the hip, groin, buttock or back of the thigh, but rarely below the knee
  • You usually feel worse when 'taking weight through your legs (standing, stepping off a kerb, climbing stairs or standing on one leg when you put on trousers)
  • When pain is severe, moving your leg out sideways, such as when getting out of a car, or turning over in bed makes it worse
  • Pain can be worse when sitting, bending, lifting, twisting and standing up from a seated position
  • You may feel stiff and have spasm in the back, buttock, groin and thigh

Description

The bones of your pelvis form a circle which is held together by the snug fit of your bones and supported by the muscles which surround your pelvis.

You have two 2 ‘sacroiliac joints’ which are found where your lower back meets your pelvis and a ‘pubic symphysis’ joint where your pelvic bones come together at the front.
Problems come from too much or too little movement of your sacroiliac/pelvic joints.

Joints which move too much usually stem from problems such as muscle imbalance (where some muscles become workaholics and others go on holiday), malalignment, ligament damage or from being generally too flexible. This increases the stresses and strains going through your joints, causing pain and muscle spasm.

Stiff joints which don’t move enough become squashed and squeezed causing the surrounding soft tissue to become tight, which in turn makes the joint even stiffer. Pain comes from a constant lack of movement in your joints and soft tissues. Weakness of your 'core' muscles or muscle imbalance can cause malalignment, tightness and pain which can make your joint move abnormally during activities such as standing, walking, running, squatting and sitting.

Advice & Treatment

Because there can be a range of issues which cause pelvic problems, you usually need to see your Physio for a full assessment.

Treatment depends on why you have developed your symptoms and whether they stem from too much or too little movement of your joints. Your pelvic joints need to have the correct amount of movement - too little or too much will lead to problems. The goal of treatment is to align your pelvis which lessens the strain and provides relief. Developing your 'core' muscles will help to reduce the stresses going into your pelvis, and reduce long term problems and pain.

For the most severe and chronic forms of pelvic dysfunction, you might want to try using a sacroiliac belt for support. The most common reasons for pelvic problems are muscle weakness or tightness, muscle imbalance, malalignment, ligament damage or from your pelvis joints being generally too flexible.

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