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Pelvic pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and our very experienced osteopaths are trained to help!
Muscles from the abdomen and lower limbs attach to the pelvis and overuse or over exertion of these regions can result in pelvic injury and pain.
Your osteopath at Enhance Osteopathy in Heidelberg will work with you to determine the cause of your pain and decide on the best course of treatment.
Common pelvic injuries include:
Osteitis Pubis – Most footy fans have heard of this condition as it was all through the media at one time. It is caused by inflammation of the pubic bones and the muscles which attach here.
The pubic symphysis is the joint at the front of the groin where the two pubic bones meet. These two bones are joined with cartilage and any mechanical stress on the joint can cause inflammation.
Osteitis pubis is most commonly caused by repeated kicking, jumping or running. The muscles in this area can also be inflamed in childbirth.
Sacroiliac joint pain and inflammation - You may have heard people talk about their "SIJ" pain. This is the sacroiliac joint and it is formed by two bones, your sacrum and your ilium. You have two SIJs, one on either side and they sit just below your hip bones, at the back of the pelvis.
Inflammation here often causes pain when you stand up from sitting down and many people find once they are up the pain subsides somewhat.
Inguinal hernia - a hernia is when any part of the body is found outside it's normal home. An inguinal hernia is when part of the intestine protrudes through the inguinal canal at the front of your groin.
Because the inguinal canal is bigger in men this condition is more common in men.
If your osteopath suspects an inguinal hernia they will recommend imaging and you may need a corrective surgery.
Pelvic instability with pregnancy - as the hormone relaxin is released during pregnancy some women suffer with pain from the instability which is caused in their pelvis. To read more about osteopathy during pregnancy please head to our page for pregnant patients.
Symptoms of pelvic pain may include:
- localised pain and tenderness on the pubic bone
- pain on abdominal contraction e.g coughing, turning in bed, bearing down or when going to the toilet
- groin pain
- pain in the buttocks and down the back of the leg.
Osteopaths may help your pelvic pain by:
- improving muscular flexibility in the region
- improving joint range of motion in the low back, hips and pelvis
- maintaining correct alignment of the lower back and pelvis
- providing advice on maintaining flexibility and strength around the pelvis.
Your osteopath may also suggest you see a GP for any additional medications or treatment. Call us today to see how we can help you! (03) 9499 9456