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SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) is now known as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), which is a more accurate term because it reflects the fact that pain can be felt in any or all of the pelvic joints. It occurs because the joints and muscles in and around the pelvis are not working together correctly.  It is often because one or more of the pelvic joints is/are stiff or stuck, or slightly out of alignment.

PGP is not the normal aches and pains of pregnancy nor is it a rare condition. Research has shown that around one in five women are affected.  The symptoms vary greatly in severity.  Some women experience only mild symptoms whilst others experience severe pain and difficulty moving around.

The good news is that PGP is treatable at any stage during or after pregnancy without any risk to the baby.  Prompt treatment can prevent your pain from worsening and appears to lead to a shorter overall recovery time

A Chartered Physiotherapist will be able to assess the joints and muscles, and then use gentle “Hands-On” techniques to realign the pelvic joints and restore them to normal function. Exercises may also help, but women usually find that exercises alone do not remove the pain completely. 

Some women only ever need one treatment session while others will need more regular hands-on treatment throughout their pregnancy.  If this is the case, it is because of the way the bump changes your posture and causes the abdominals to stretch.   Consequently, it may take longer to get better but you should still expect some improvement in your pain, function and mobility after each session.  It is certainly worth contacting a Chartered us at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic for an assessment to Physiotherapist with experience in treating PGP to assess you and hopefully prevent this problem getting worse.

It is certainly worth contacting us at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic for an assessment to hopefully prevent this problem getting worse.

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