Round Ligament pain occurs at the base of the abdomen and groin. This is a ligament that is used to help support the baby and as the baby develops more stress on this ligament can cause intense discomfort.
What causes round ligament pain?
Pregnancy often brings about pain due to physical changes and excessive extension and load placed on the joints in the low back. The round ligaments attach the uterus to the soft tissues in the groin. These ligaments must elongate as the uterus changes in size and can become painful from excessive stretching.
What are symptoms of round ligament pain?
Difficulty with transition movements such as rolling over in bed, standing up from sitting, getting out of a vehicle, lying on your side, sitting or standing for longer periods of time - can create pain or tightness in the groin or around the pubic bone.
How do you treat round ligament pain?
Active Release Techniques is used to treat round ligament pain along with light pressure and stretching to the ligament to decrease the tension locally as well as low-force adjustments of the pelvis and lower back as needed.