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Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction

Pain arising from the pubic symphysis, the joint at the front of the pelvis, is common in pregnancy, but can happen at any time.
During pregnancy the hormone prolactin circulates at higher levels in the blood, causing ligaments to become more relaxed. This allows an easier transition for the baby through the birth canal. With extra weight and pressure on the pelvis throughout pregnancy, the pubic symphysis can become strained, causing pain and discomfort.

Osteopathic treatment can be effective for this condition: A case report of osteopathic treatment of pubic symphysis dysfunction showed positive results (including soft tissue massage, manipulation to the spine, muscle and joint mobilization technique to the symphysis pubis, lumbar spine and left pelvic bone and strain-counterstrain technique).

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Reference: Cassidy IT, Jones CG. "A retrospective case report of symphysis pubis dysfunction in a pregnant woman." J Osteopath Med. 2002;5(2):83–86.