Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is a common condition that affects many women during pregnancy and postpartum. It is characterised by pain and discomfort in the pelvic region, ranging from mild to severe. PGP can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life, making it difficult to perform everyday activities such as walking, sitting, and sleeping.

Causes of Pelvic Girdle Pain

The exact cause of Pelvic Girdle Pain is not fully understood, but several factors are thought to contribute to its development. These include:

  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy that cause the ligaments in the pelvis to become more relaxed and stretchy
  • Increased weight and pressure on the pelvis during pregnancy
  • Postural changes that occur as the baby grows and the centre of gravity shifts
  • Muscle imbalances or weakness in the pelvic region
  • Previous injury or trauma to the pelvis

Symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain

The symptoms of PGP can vary from person to person, but common signs include:

  • Pain in the pubic area, lower back, hips, or thighs
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
  • Pain when climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car
  • Clicking or grinding sensations in the pelvic area
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Treatment for Pelvic Girdle Pain

Treatment for PGP typically involves a combination of approaches, including:

  • Chiropractic or physiotherapy to help alleviate pain and improve mobility
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic region and improve posture
  • Use of supportive devices such as a pelvic support belt or cushion
  • Modifying daily activities to reduce stress on the pelvis
  • Pain relief medication, such as paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs


Pelvic Girdle Pain can be a challenging condition to deal with, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. However, with the proper treatment and management strategies, it is possible to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of PGP, it is important to seek help from a qualified chiropractor or physiotherapist who can provide personalised advice and treatment.

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