Physiotherapy for pregnancy pains in Kalgoorlie
Some women develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. This is sometimes called pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
PGP in pregnancy is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a misalignment or stiffness of your pelvic joints at either the back or front of your pelvis. PGP is not harmful to your baby, but it can cause severe pain around your pelvic area and make it difficult for you to get around.
Different women have different symptoms, and in some women PGP is worse than in others. Symptoms can include:
- Pain over the pubic bone at the front in the centre
- Pain across one or both sides of your lower back
- Pain in the area between your vagina and anus (perineum)
- Pain can also radiate to your thighs, and some women feel or hear a clicking or grinding in the pelvic area.
The pain can be most noticeable when you are:
- Going upstairs
- Standing on one leg (for example when you’re getting dressed or going upstairs)
- Turning over in bed
- It can also be difficult to move your legs apart, for example when you get out of a car.
There is treatment to help, and techniques to manage the pain and discomfort. If you get the right advice and treatment early on, PGP in pregnancy can usually be managed and the symptoms minimised. A physiotherapist can help with treatment and give you techniques to manage the pain and discomfort.
Physiotherapy aims to relieve or ease pain, improve muscle function and improve your pelvic joint position and stability, and may include:
- Manual therapy to make sure the joints of your pelvis, hip and spine move normally
- Exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, stomach, back and hip muscles
- Exercises in water
- Advice and suggestions including positions for labour and birth, looking after your baby, and positions for sex
- Pain relief
- Equipment if necessary, such as pelvic support belts
- Acupuncture may also help to relieve pelvic pain in pregnancy.