Pubic Symphysis Diastasis

If you are suffering from pubic symphysis diastasis, Sydney Pelvic Clinic can assist. Contact us today to get started on the road to recovery.

There are a number of different injuries that can occur as a consequence of giving birth. Here at Sydney Pelvic Clinic, we can help you to recover quickly and safely from any injury you may be experiencing, including public symphysis diastasis.

What is Pubic Symphysis Diastasis?

Pubic symphysis diastasis is defined as the separation of the pubic bones, without fracture.

The pubic symphysis joint is made up of two pubic bones and a cartilage disc, which sits in between the two bones. With a diastasis or separation, the pubic joint dislocates.

Not only can this happen due to the trauma from childbirth and hormonal changes and pressure during pregnancy, but also via a horseback riding incident, sports injury, motor vehicle accident, or fall.

What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms you may experience include mild discomfort and a sudden, shooting pain, which comes from either the back or the front of your pelvis. Some people also encounter a steady pain, which radiates throughout the leg, thigh, perineum, groin, back, and lower abdomen.

There are some symptoms other than pain that may show up as well, including hearing a grinding or clicking sound from your pelvis, feeling fatigue that does not have an evident source, and having problems going to the toilet.

How common is Pubic Symphysis Diastasis?

This is a rare condition, which can happen in anywhere from one in 300 to one in 3,000 vaginal deliveries.

What are the risk factors associated with Pubic Symphysis Diastasis?

There are a number of different risk factors that are associated with pubic symphysis diastasis. This includes pelvic trauma, epidural anaesthesia, rapid progression of the second stage of labour, a small pelvis of the mother, and macrosomic fetus.

What’s involved in a diagnosis?

Here at Sydney Pelvic Clinic, you will come in for a post-natal assessment six weeks after you have given birth. During this consultation, we will speak with you about your birth journey, how you are feeling, and any sort of concerns that you may have. It is during this process that we will be able to determine if you have pubic symphysis diastasis. Of course, if you have any concerns ahead of this, all you need to do is get in touch.

What treatment is available?

Our team of experienced physiotherapists will work with you to recommend a treatment plan, and we will help you to utilise/fit belts and abdominal binders, as well as providing you with a safe, tailored exercise plan. We will adapt the treatment to suit your needs.

Are there any home-based treatments?

Yes, there are a number of home-based treatments that you can use. Safe exercise is important, as is learning to wear a binder. We will help you with this so that you can continue to manage your condition effectively from the comfort of your own home.