What is Pelvic Girdle Pain?

  • Pain that is in the rear portion of the pelvis that can down into the base of the coccyx or refer into one or both hips
  • Pain may also be in the lower back and often has a large impact on daily function and quality of life
  • PGP is caused by irritation or inflammation at the joints of the pelvis, specifically the sacroiliac joint
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain requires to be diagnosed by a trained medical professional with specific clinical tests

What Causes Pelvic Girdle Pain?

PGP is multi-factorial and often is a complex pathology, however, some of the most common causes are

  • Pregnancy and childbirth: changes in hormones, tissue laxity, weight distribution/gain, muscle weakness/tightness
  • Trauma – fall, trip downstairs 
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

What are the Symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain?

  • Pain around the rear pelvis/hips/lower back
  • Pain with transitional movements such as getting out of cars or stairs
  • Difficulty standing on one leg or reaching on one leg
  • Difficulty turning over in bed
  • Pain with prolonged weight baring activities e.g. standing 

What can Physiotherapy do to Help?

  • Give a timely and accurate diagnosis of the condition
  • Provide extensive and understandable education
  • Manual techniques/soft tissue release/dry needling for pain relief
  • A personalised and targeted exercise program for long-term preventative relief

If you are experiencing Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) book in to see one of our experienced Physiotherapists at Mount Lawley Physiotherapy and Podiatry.