What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)?

A small amount of movement at the symphysis pubis is normal, but in some women this joint may become unstable, causing too much movement in the pelvis. Because of the interconnected nature of the pelvic bones, instability at the symphysis pubis often also affects the sacroiliac joints, and vice versa.

Abnormal functioning of the pelvic joints is called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD. It may also be known as osteitis pubis, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic instability, diastasis symphysis pubis and others.

Symptoms of SPD can range from mild to severe and can similarly affect women's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Who Can Experience SPD?

There are different causes of SPD but most people affected are women who are going through, or have been through, pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Women during pregnancy, following birth, or following repetitive movements.
  • Women and men following a previous injury.
  • Men injured playing contact sport.

Seeking early assistance and treatment may go a long way towards alleviating many of the symptoms you are experiencing and assist in preventing SPD becoming long term.