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A friend just had a baby 7 days ago, doctor and midwife assisted.How long of Physical therapy if the Pubic Symphisis opened to 4.7 cm.

By Anonymous April 14, 2010 - 10:01am
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My friend is now experiencing purple legs and extreme pain. Is not able to walk. She was just admitted back into hospital yesterday for follow up with an orthopedic surgeon today.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and for looking out for your friend. I'm sorry she is in so much pain.

Her physical therapy could be as little as three weeks to lasting several months or longer. There are so many variables involved. They are

her age
her general health
her healing progress from pregnancy
the extent of her pain

Here are some other suggestions for her during her recovery, from PlusSizePregnancy.org

Use a pillow between your legs when sleeping; body pillows are a great investment!
Keep your legs and hips as parallel/symmetrical as possible when moving or turning in bed
Some women also find it helpful to have their partners stabilize their hips and hold them 'together' when rolling over in bed or otherwise adjusting position
Some women report a waterbed mattress to be helpful
Silk/satin sheets and nighties may make it easier to turn over in bed
Swimming may help relieve pressure on the joint
Deep water aerobics or deep water running may be helpful as well (there are flotation devices to help you stay afloat easily during this; you do not need to know how to swim in order to do this)
Keep your legs close together and move symmetrically (other sources recommend a very small gap between the legs with symmetrical movement)
When standing, stand symmetrically, with your weight evenly distributed through both legs
Sit down to get dressed, especially when putting on underwear or pants
Avoid 'straddle' movements
Swing your legs together as a unit when getting in and out of cars; use plastics or something smooth and slippery (like a garbage bag) on the car seat to help you enter car backwards and then turn your legs as a unit
An ice pack may feel soothing and help reduce inflammation in the pubic area; painkillers may also help
Move slowly and without sudden movements .
If bending over to pick up objects is difficult, there are devices available that can help with this.
Really severe cases may need crutches, although these should probably only be used as a last resort.
Sciatica may be helped by stretching the hamstring muscles with a stirrup around your foot (long piece of rope, two neck ties tied together, etc.)
Back pain can often be helped by resting backwards over a large gymnastic or 'birth' ball.

It's important that she does not attempted anything until she consults her doctor first.

Do you know if your friend has a PT plan yet? They may start her off on a 12 week program and consult afterwards.

April 14, 2010 - 12:25pm
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