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A Physio's Pregnancy Pain

This is dedicated to all those expectant mums to be...I just wanted to share my own personal experience with you with regards pelvic pain and pregnancy.

During the Christmas holiday period I accidentally tripped up one step, a very minor incident but enough no doubt to trigger left sided pain in the very low part of my back and into my left buttocks. Thinking and hoping as we all do - "oh this will just go away". So days went by and I was very uncomfortable moving about, walking was difficult and painful, turning in bed, getting out of bed, lifting and attending to my very active 20 month old was proving to be very sore and really aggravating my symptoms.

As an expectant mum, movement naturally becomes a little tedious as one progresses in their pregnancy - picture it... a 5 foot 2" pregnant woman getting as big as a bus in one direction, waddling like a duck due to pain from a very minor trip.... Ladies out there, this can be treated and treated very successfully. 

Why are women so prone to pelvic pain while pregnant? Our pelvic region which consists of the very flat bone of our low backs which extends to the coccyx bone and our hip bones known medically as an ilium or innominates and are held together by very strong ligaments and are usually very stable and very little movement occurs between these bones, however during pregnancy these ligaments become much looser and therefore less stable and with that are more prone to injury.

With an excess in movement in these joints, a small jolt, slip or similar minor incident can disrupt the joint positions and ligaments and cause pain. This pain, we may fob off as being part and parcel of the pregnancy process and except it to be normal - but it's not. If assessed and treated correctly and appropriately, it can be treated very successfully.

Thankfully, I work with a fantastic team of Chartered Physios who were delighted to be able to help. Even though I treat pelvic pain myself every day, on this occasion I was the patient. I can not treat myself and absolutely needed the help of my expert team members.

After a thorough examination, a diagnosis was concluded and I was treated with the appropriate techniques to treat my specific problem. To all those pregnant ladies out there who may be suffering with pelvic pain - a word of advice; treatment does not just mean pressing on a sore spot. If your pelvis has moved in a certain direction it needs to be corrected or ' aligned' to it's normal position. The pelvis can change position in a number of different ways and planes and it depends on many many variables to what the dysfunction is.

Thankfully, I am so much better now. I have much less pain, walking is great for me now and I no longer waddle like a duck!! I look forward to my next treatment and know with another treatment or two I'll be doing fantastic and not moaning and simply putting up with pelvic pain for the duration of my pregnancy.



By Lorraine Carroll MPhty BPhysio MISCP BMAS
Lorraine holds a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Lorraine lectures on the under & postgraduate Physiotherapy programmes at UCD and has extensive experience treating complex, acute sporting injuries gained during her time working with professional sport and dance teams.

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