Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
PGP is a condition that is experienced by approximately 20% of all pregnant women. A small percentage of women can experience pain after the birth of their baby. PGP can be felt in the lower back, tail bone, buttocks, hips, groin and pubic bone. Pain can also extend to the inner thigh muscles and down the back of the legs.
PGP can occur during pregnancy as a result of postural changes, carrying more weight, weakening of the tummy muscles, pelvic floor muscles, buttock and inner thigh muscles and uneven movement of the back and pelvic joints.
PGP isn’t something that should be ‘put up with’ during pregnancy and many physiotherapy treatments can help. The first physiotherapy appointment will involve detailed questioning about your problem to identify the cause. A physical examination of the back, hips and pelvis will also be carried out to confirm a diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment.
Physiotherapy treatments for PGP include: exercise therapy, mobilisation of the back and pelvic joints, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture and postural education.