Pregnancy and Pelvic Girdle Pain Treatment Bendigo
What Is It?
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) refers to pain anywhere between the base of the spine to the bottom part of your buttock, particularly in the region of the sacroiliac joint. The pain can radiate down the posterior thigh and can also occur in conjunction with the pubic symphysis.
During pregnancy about 20% of women will suffer this pain in varying degrees. Onset can be as early as the 1st trimester, but more typically toward the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Pelvis is Latin for “shallow bowl” or “basin” and its primary purpose is to transfer loads through and around the body when standing and walking. During pregnancy the body increases the amount of oestrogen, progesterone, and relaxin produced, which results in softened ligaments, increased joint mobility, and reduced stabilisation through the pelvis. The body also expands to make room for a growing foetus, body weight increases, spinal posture changes occur, and the abdominal wall stretches, which all change the load and forces on the pelvic girdle.
Typical symptoms include pain turning in bed, getting in and out of the car, walking and prolonged standing, going up stairs, and getting your pants on.
What Can Be Done?
A thorough assessment by your physiotherapist is necessary to determine the exact cause of the PGP and then treatment will follow accordingly.
Treatment could include massage and stretching of tight structures, joint mobilisations, taping, posture training, core and pelvic girdle strengthening, and pain management advice.
Other things that may help with your pain include wearing a pregnancy belt, making sure you standing with even weight on each foot (don’t hang off one hip), taking smaller steps when walking, using a pillow between your knees in bed, avoiding aggravating activities such as vacuuming, taking your time going up stairs, and applying a heat pack.
Pregnancy related PGP is not harmful to you or your baby and you are most likely going to make a full recovery.
At Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo our physiotherapist Chantelle has special training in assessing and treating Pelvic Girdle Pain so you can book an appointment with her for an assessment of your pelvic girdle pain.