Pelvic girdle pain can involve the joints of the pelvis including sacro-illiac joints (SIJ), the pubic symphysis, or the coccyx region.
Types of Pelvic Girdle Pain
Patients who have PGP are typically limited in certain functional activities, such as walking, prolonged standing, or sitting. PGP affects the efficiency of load transfer through the pelvis, and people can feel like they lose power and strength in their legs.
Sacroiliac joint (SIJ)
SIJ pain often feels like intermittent sharp, stabbing pain on weight-bearing, ie standing up, or rolling in bed.
Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD)
*Also known as pubic symphysis pain: SPD feels like an intense sharp, stabbing pain at the front of the pelvis. It can significantly impact a patient’s ability to move and function and is often associated with a waddling gait.
Coccyx pain (coccydynia)
Coccyx pain is a pain in the tailbone region, and can be caused by trauma (direct fall, child birth, or prolonged sitting) or can also be caused by excessive muscle tension from the muscles that attach to the coccyx. Read more about coccyx pain in this article by Angela James: Coccyx Pain.
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