The Pubic Symphysis is a cartilaginous joint in the middle of your pubic bones, it unites the superior rami of the right and left pubic bones. Normally, the joint has a small amount of movement, but this increases during pregnancy and childbirth.
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction happens when there is an excessive amount of movement of the pubic symphysis and pain due to either a misalignment of the pelvis and/or hormonal changes in your body loosening the joints around the pelvic area. Very rarely, you can have a diastasis of the symphysis pubis, which is a separation that can cause intense pain in the hips, pelvis, groin, and buttocks, and can affect vaginal delivery.
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Elina Skripochnik PT, DPT, CSCS
Elina is a Physical Therapist with experience in women's health and pediatrics. She aims to educate women on the importance of becoming and staying active during pregnancy, as well as to provide safe and easy exercises that can be done throughout pregnancy and beyond.