Lion Rocker Connect – August 2021
Do you have pain in your low back and pelvic areas? You might suffer from Pelvic Girdle Pain. At Lion Rocker Physio and Pilates, we provide specialised physio in treatment for pelvic girdle pain. Today, let’s us explain to you what exactly is Pelvic Girdle Pain.
The pelvic girdle
The pelvic girdle is a ring of bones around the base of the spine and consists of the iliac bones, sacrum and coccyx. It has a joint at the front called the symphysis pubis and two joints at the back called the sacroiliac joints.
Pelvic girdle pain – what is it?
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is commonly defined as pain or discomfort in the pelvis and lower back area, which may radiate to the upper thighs and perineum.
Symptoms may include:
Popping and clicking sounds in the pelvic joints
Pain with walking
Pain with crossing legs
Pain with going up and down stairs
Pain with getting in and out of the car
Pain with rolling in bed
Pain during sexual intercourse
Pregnancy-related PGP (PRPGP)
Some women experience pain in these pelvic joints during pregnancy due to the extra weight of the baby and changing postures, making the pelvic girdle more unstable. This pain can persist in some women during childbirth and even into the postpartum period. Some women who have a history of hyper-mobility (loose joints), or previous injury to the back and/or pelvis may be at a higher risk of developing PRPGP. A woman who has experienced this problem in one pregnancy may be more at risk of PGP in future pregnancies, although this can be reduced by maintaining fitness and increasing abdominal and pelvic floor muscles strength.
What can physio do?
Source and reference:
Department of Health Pregnancy Care Guidelines
Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia
Australian Journal of General Practice – Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy