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Spread the word, Pelvic Girdle Pain is treatable

Posted on 28th January 2019 by

The Pelvic Partnership has just launched a new campaign, the ‘Stickmum’ campaign, to raise awareness of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).

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What is PGP?

  • a condition which affects 1 in 5 pregnant women
  • pain and stiffness in the pelvic joints
  • asymmetry of movement, joint irritation and pain when walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed
  • in some cases, long-term pain and dysfunction after giving birth which can persist for months or years without treatment

Can PGP be treated?

In short, yes! But treatments can often be poorly understood, with many people thinking that pelvic pain is just a ‘normal’ and acceptable part of pregnancy.

  • PGP can be treated with manual therapy
  • If you’re suffering with PGP you don’t even need a referral. You can just give us a call and book an appointment for an assessment and treatment of the pelvic joints and soft tissues by our specialist pelvic Physiotherapist, Kim.
  • Pain and function should improve after each treatment session

When can PGP be treated?

  • Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to full resolution or reduction in symptoms during pregnancy, so try and get help ASAP if you think you are staring to feel PGP
  • It is safe to treat at any stage during or after pregnancy, even if there is very severe pain
What to expect from treatment

If you think you’re suffering with PGP, please call 023 8025 3317 to book an appointment with our specialist Physiotherapist, Kim. We aim to be able to offer you an appointment within 24 – 48 hours.

Download some really useful information about the PGP and the benefits of treatment here.


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Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Posted on 12th May 2017 by

Pelvic pain Awareness MonthMay 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.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

Posted on 23rd July 2015 by

Yesterday on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health programme, there was a great overview of Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).

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 early 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.

Once you’ve had your baby, the good news is that PGP often resolves quite quickly.

If you’d like further information about PGP, The Pelvic Partnership is a great online resource.

To listen to the Radio 4 show in full, click on this link, the section on PGP starts at about 17 minutes in.

If you are suffering with PGP, book an appointment to see our specialist Physiotherapist, Kim, by calling us on 023 8025 3317.