Women’s Health Physiotherapist Beth Scott discusses Pelvic Girdle Pain.

Pelvic girdle pain can start at any stage of your pregnancy and may continue after child birth.

You may be at greater risk of pelvic girdle pain if you are carrying multiples, have a history of lower back pain or have had pelvic girdle pain in a previous pregnancy.

How is Pelvic Girdle Pain diagnosed?

Pelvic girdle pain is pain in the front and / or the back of the pelvis. This pain is often caused by the joints moving unevenly and the pelvic girdle becoming less stable.

Diagnosis is usually made by clinical examination. Your doctor will then likely refer you to a women’s health physiotherapist who will examine the muscles in the back, pelvic and hip area.

Pelvic Girdle Pain Symptoms Include:

• Tightness in upper back

• Pain in the lower back area

• Pain in the pubic area

• Difficulty in getting up or sitting down

• Difficulty rolling over in bed

• Bladder dysfunction

• Pain in in the legs

• Pain in in the buttocks

• Clicking in the pelvis when walking

Pelvic Girdle Pain treatment?

When you see a physiotherapist, they will provide you with a management plan including appropriate core stability exercises. They will also discuss additional treatment options with you.

If your pelvic girdle pain continues after child birth, your physiotherapist recommend additional exercises to help strengthen the pelvic area.

Along with treatment, you should avoid lifting any heavy objects, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods of time.