Symptoms of SPD

Symptoms may occur during pregnancy (sometimes as early as the twelfth week) and/or postnatally, and can range from mild discomfort to extreme debilitation.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain at the symphysis pubis joint, which can be extremely painful to the touch.
  • Pain in the groin and lower abdomen which may radiate down the thighs.
  • Pain and difficulty parting the legs.
  • Difficulty and pain on walking, rolling over in bed, climbing stairs, getting in and out of cars, driving, sitting down or getting up, putting on clothes, bending, lifting (especially heavy objects) etc.
  • Pain in the lower back, especially around the sacro-iliac joints.
  • Sciatica, i.e. pain in the buttocks which may radiate down the backs of the legs.
  • Clicking noise may be heard or felt when walking.
  • Difficulty starting to walk after sitting or sleeping. The hip may feel out of place or that it has to ‘pop’ into place before walking is possible.
  • Unusual gait - ‘Penguin’ walk.
  • Temporary bladder dysfunction may occur when changing position (e.g. from lying down to standing).
  • Knee pain or pain in other areas may be a side-effect of pelvic problems, especially where the problem is long-term and muscle wasting occurs.