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Pelvic pain during pregnancy

PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN

What are the symptoms of PGP?

- Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy can range from mild to severe

- Area of pain can be anywhere from low back, pelvis, hips, groin through to thigh

- Pain made worse with movement including

o Getting in/out of bed or car

o Climbing stairs

o Prolonged walking


How can PGP be reduced?

- Gentle exercise including hydrotherapy

- Avoiding prolonged single leg weight bearing

- Sitting with good lumbar support

- Using a pillow between legs when sleeping


What can physio help with?

- Advice on activity modifications, avoiding aggravating movements and positions of comfort

- Prescription of exercises based on presenting symptoms

- Manual treatment to increase the compliance of muscles and joints

- Advice on support bands or sacral belts if appropriate




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