Pregnancy Education Series : Sacroiliac Joint Pain During Pregnancy

What Is Sacroiliac Joint Pain

The Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) connects the sacrum (bone at the base of your spine) to the ilium (the large pelvic bones). During pregnancy, hormonal changes loosen the ligaments preparing ht pelvic for childbirth. This increased flexibility in the pelvic joints can lead to the joint becoming strained or irritated.

Signs Of SIJ Pain

Here are the most common signs and symptoms of sacroiliac pain

  • Pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks and sometimes radiating down the legs (often one side more than the other)
  • Pain can vary from a dull ache to sharp, shooting sensations
  • Pain standing from seated position, climbing strairs or walking for extended periods
  • Pain standing on one leg such as when putting on your pants/socks/shoes, or single leg exercises at the gym
  • Pain getting in/out of car or bed

Physiotherapy Management Of SIJ Pain

Pregnancy can be tough on your body. Our maternal health trained physios are here to support you and your body as it changes with each stage of your pregnancy.

During your treatment sessions, you can expect

  • hands on treatment, massage, mobilization, taping
  • gentle pelvic stability and core exercises, including Pilates exercises
  • individualized advice and recommended support devices if indicated (eg belly belts, SRC range etc)

We hope this post has been helpful. If you would like to see one of our physios, feel free to book online or ring us on 8356 1379. All our physios are trained in pre and post natal care.

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