Pelvic Girdle Pain

an expert rundown of definition, symptoms, and treatment options

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a condition that causes pelvic pain during pregnancy; this can continue after pregnancy. The pain can be experienced as clicking or grinding in the pelvic area.

The pain varies greatly from person to person in its severity and presentation.

PGP is caused by stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis.

Some activities make the pain worse, here are some of them:
- Walking on uneven surfaces or for long distances
- Moving your knees apart
- Standing on one leg e.g., climbing stairs, getting dressed
- Rolling over in bed
- Sex

Living with PGP often has significant physical and emotional impacts.
It can make it hard to walk/sit, work, have sex, exercise or socialise, significantly affecting a person's quality of life.

Treatment options

Treatments for this condition vary from person to person and typically include lifestyle changes, pelvic floor physiotherapy and psychological support.

A multidisciplinary approach that includes both physical and mental aspects of living with this condition (biopsychosocial approach) is the most effective as it targets all areas of your healh .

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Psychology

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is considered one of the most effective approaches for PGP.

Physiotherapy can help relieve or ease pain and pelvic floor function, while psychological treatments can help to manage the emotional and psychological impact of the condition.

Femspace offer professionally guided self-help pelvic floor physiotherapy, psychological support and sex and relationship therapy.

In conclusion

PGP is a common condition that affects people during pregnancy and beyond; recognising and treating it is crucial for those who may be struggling with its symptoms. People with PGP can benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, followed by a tailored treatment plan that may include physiotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and psychological support.

With the right support, people with PGP can significantly improvetheir symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

Hannah Barned

Reviewed by Dr Claudia Chisari

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