Pelvic Girdle Pain


Specialist Physiotherapy for Pelvic & Pregnancy Related Pain Melbourne

The physiotherapy team at KRP are experts in the field of pelvic girdle pain treatment. Led by Specialist Pelvic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Australian College of Physiotherapy Fellow and University lecturer Jenny Hynes, KRP is involved in presenting coursework around the management of this condition to the physiotherapy profession at a Post Graduate level.  KRP also offers the latest proven advancements in physiotherapy for pelvic pain, as well as our onsite Exercise and Pilates studio - where you can rehab with a purpose.

Assessment of the pelvis for pelvic & pregnancy related pain.

Assessment of the pelvis for pelvic & pregnancy related pain.

Some women develop pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy. 

PGP refers to pain felt either at the back of the pelvis, on one or both sides, and/or pain over the pubic joint. Pain is generally located between the top of the pelvis and the bottom of the buttocks. Pain may refer into the buttock, and/or down the leg, so is often confused with sciatica. PGP involving the pubic symphysis joint can also refer pain to the groin, inner thigh, lower abdomen, and vaginal area. 

Many terms have been used to describe pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and common “Google” terms for PGP include: 

  • Pelvic Instability 

  • Pelvic joint arthropathy 

  • Pelvic girdle insufficiency 

  • Pubic symphysis dysfunction 

  • Diastasis of the Symphysis Pubis 

  • Pelvic joint pain 

  • Low back Pain 

  • Osteitis Pubis 

  • Posterior Pelvic pain 

  • Sacroiliitis 

We understand how frustrating PGP can be but it is important to note that PGP in pregnancy is not harmful to your baby. It can cause quite marked pain around your pelvic area however and make it difficult for you to get around in weight bearing positions. Different women have different symptoms and in some women PGP is worse than in others. Some women even describe a clicking or grinding sensation in the pelvic area. 

With PGP, the pain is often most noticeable when you are: 

  • Walking 

  • Going upstairs 

  • Standing on one leg (for example when you’re getting dressed or going upstairs) 

  • Turning over in bed 

  • Getting in/out of the car 

Importantly however, 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. Occasionally, the symptoms even clear up completely. Most women with PGP in pregnancy can also have a normal vaginal birth.

With so many treatment options available to decrease the discomfort of PGP, place the management of this debilitating condition into the hands of the experts here at KRP. 

Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our highly trained pelvic and pregnancy related pain experts online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars and get back into life.