Physiotherapy for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Are you pregnant and suffering with pain in your pelvis or back?
Are activities such as walking, turning in bed, bathing and dressing becoming more and more difficult and painful?
Or perhaps you have recently had a baby and are suffering with pelvic or back pain which is making the demands of being a new Mum even more challenging than they need to be?
You may be suffering with a condition called Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).
This condition affects up to 1 in 5 pregnant ladies. It can affect one or all of the pelvic joints and can vary in severity, from mild aches and pains to extremely debilitating, where taking even a few strides can seem impossible.
You may feel pain at the pubic joint (in between the legs), around your hips or in your lower back. Pain is often felt more on one side than the other.
This pain can make even the simplest of day to day activities very difficult and can often lead to sleepless nights.
How can we help?
The team here at Stockton Heath Physiotherapy feel that this condition is not treated seriously enough by many health care professionals. Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is often put down to hormones and “normal” changes in pregnancy.
It can make all the difference during pregnancy and/ or after your baby is born to have the opportunity to have your symptoms and condition treated effectively by an experienced physiotherapist who recognises the importance and benefits of hands on treatment.
Most of the physiotherapists here at the Practice are Mums with children and fully understand the frustration and anxiety caused by PGP. In actual fact the pain is usually due to a mechanical problem in the pelvis – often one side is stiff or slightly out of alignment causing abnormal stresses being carried through the joints. This is made more acute by the other changes that happen in pregnancy such as weight gain, muscle stretch and posture changes.
Our physiotherapy treatment is aimed at correcting the alignment of the pelvis, mobilising stiff joints and retraining muscles to function properly.
What will my assessment involve?
Your assessment by our physiotherapist will include:
- Establishing the key symptoms and what problems experienced.
- An examination of your hips, pelvis and back, looking at joint movement, alignment, muscle function and posture.
- Discussion and thorough explanation of diagnosis/findings.
- “Hands on” treatment will be used to gently re-align your pelvis where necessary and release any tightness in the muscles.
- You will be given a safe and personalised exercise plan to help improve posture, core stability and muscle flexibility. This will ease your pain and aid general well being.
- You will be given advice about how to manage day to day activities, including things to do and things to avoid to help prevent flare ups of pain
- You may require follow up sessions for re-assessment and treatment. This will be arranged as necessary.
- Finally, we will of course ensure there is full liaison with your G.P, consultant or midwife, as appropriate.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with one our team who can assess and treat your condition, please feel free to contact the Practice.
Call 01925 266 881 or 07745 870 442 or click here.