Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain occurs in about 25% of women during pregnancy and may continue or develop after pregnancy.

It is characterised by pain felt the front of your pelvis or in you lower back, hips and buttocks

A common misconception in pregnancy is that pelvic pain is a normal pregnancy response and nothing can be done to help it. However, there is lots that can be done to both prevent the pain and improve your pain. 

Why is this occurring?

  • Previous back pain or back injuries
  • Changes to your posture during pregnancy
  • Increased pressure on your pelvis due to the growth of your baby
  • Hormonal changes in pregnancy leading to increase stretch of the muscles

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Clicking, locking or grinding in the pelvic joints (front or back)
  • Sharp pain in the front or the back of the pelvis, buttocks, inner thighs and/or radiating into the thighs

Pain might be associated with:

  • Getting in and out of the car or bed
  • Rolling in bed or lying flat on your back
  • Standing on one leg (e.g. putting on pants; getting into car)
  • Driving a manual car
  • Sitting and standing still or moving from sitting to standing
  • Walking, going up and down stairs, squatting or lunging
  • Bending and lifting heavy objects /children
  • Housework
  • High impact exercise (e.g. running and jumping activities)

What can be done to help me?

While symptoms can be similar from person to person the underlying cause can be very different and thus treatment must be tailored to the individual. Assessment by an experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist is a must.

What might my treatment include?

  • Education about appropriate postural changes/ positions to relieve pain
  • Specific exercise program to strengthen postural and core muscles
  • Expert hands on treatment to relieve stiff painful joints
  • External support such as Tubigrip to give the low back and abdominal muscle support.