May is International Pelvic Pain Awareness Month, a time when various organisations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of chronic pelvic pain.
One of the most common types of pelvic pain we see here at goPhysio, is pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is an umbrella term used to describe pain felt in the hip, back & pelvic area during pregnancy. It can affect 1 in 5 pregnancies, normally from the second trimester, but can start from very early on in pregnancy.
It used to be thought that it was caused by changes in the ligaments during pregnancy but latest research has found that this only plays a small part. It is thought now that the biomechanical changes that occur during pregnancy in your back and pelvis are the more likely cause.
PGP can be very mild or it can be seriously debilitating, interrupting sleep, causing problems walking, sitting and gong up and down stairs. It can have a major impact on your life and pregnancy. The earlier it is diagnosed and the earlier treatment is sought, the better.
Physiotherapy is key to helping Mums to be with PGP. A Physio will carry out a thorough assessment of your back and pelvis to find out exactly what is going on and where the problem is coming from. This will guide an appropriate treatment and management programme with the aim of easing the pain, stopping it worsening and helping you to cope and stay active. There are many treatments that a Physio can use. These include manual therapy, specific exercises and lots of advice. The sooner you seek expert advice if you think you may be suffering with PGP the better.
At goPhysio, we have a specialist Physio, Kim, who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of PGP in pregnancy. We also offer clinical pilates classes that are run by a Physio. These small and supportive classes are a really pro-active way to help prevent PGP by optimising your physical health during pregnancy. If you’re suffering with PGP the exercises can offer much relief. Plus you’ve got on hand Physio for advice when you need it!
Once you’ve had your baby, the good news is that PGP often resolves quite quickly. If it doesn’t or you’re concerned about your recovery, you can book in for a goMummy Post Natal Check Up. This 1 hour session will help identify any issues and give you a positive action plan and tailored exercise programme to help ease and improve your pelvic issues.
If you’d like further information about PGP, the Pelvic Partnership is a great online resource.
If you are suffering with PGP, our specialist Physiotherapist, Kim, would be happy to chat to you to see whether she can help. Just give us a call on 023 8025 3317.