Peripartum Pelvic Pain
Pain in the pelvic region, for which a clear-cut diagnosis has not been made, is termed peripartum pelvic pain. This pain may start during pregnancy, or within three weeks of delivery.
Anatomically, pain presents itself most commonly in the following areas:
- Sacroiliac joints at the posterior superior iliac spine (42%)
- The groin areas (53%)
- Coccyx (33%)
- Pubic symphysis anteriorly (77%)
- Occasionally other areas of the pelvic and upper legs
- Rarely does pain occur below the knee. Pain tends to be influenced by posture and is associated with a waddling gait.
- a pelvic belt (by prescription)
- appropriate rest
- standard back exercises
Some activities do cause or aggravate pain. The most common are: 30 minutes of standing or walking, carrying a full bag of groceries, standing on one leg, climbing stairs, turning over in bed, intercourse, bending forward, stepping in or out of bed, and driving for 30 minutes.
Dr. Kaster can outline a treatment plan to help you recover and remain pain-free. Make sure you have regular check-ups, and tell him if you are not getting better.
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