Pubic symphysis diastasis occurs when the two pubic bones are pulled apart or dislocated, but not fractured. This condition can be caused by a car accident or fall and also may appear among pregnant women after childbirth.
Symptoms include pain near the pubis symphysis joint, extreme sensitivity to touch near the area, and pain in the hips, groin, lower abdomen, and inner thighs. Walking and weight bearing activities increase the pain. In all cases, a patient should consult a pelvic specialist such as Dr. Louis to get an x-ray or CT scan. These tests will display a space between the pubic bones which is a diastasis of the pubic symphysis.
Medication to relieve pain may be given to pubic symphysis diastasis patients. In some cases, an operation to reattach the pubic bones through the use of screws and plates can be carried out. It is important to consult an expert surgeon, like Dr. Louis, to manage the surgery.