Written by Madeleine Speed. Posted by Lucy Ryan, the Pelvic Partnership, December 2017
If you’re a regular visitor to the Pelvic Partnership website, you might notice we continually add new information and images to enable women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) to keep up-to-date with best practice in the treatment, management and their understanding of PGP. Over this year, we have been working hard to develop a new section of our website which is now ready for you to view.
Why has a new section been developed?
Most women who experience PGP will make a full recovery, usually as a direct result of:
- an early and accurate diagnosis, as soon as the symptoms occur,
- rapid access to correct treatment with 'hands-on' manual therapy,
- appropriate exercise and rehabilitation following ‘hands-on’ treatment.
We've developed the new section to meet the needs of women who have had PGP symptoms for weeks, months or even years after they have had a baby (or several babies to complete their family). If this sounds like you, please read on. You may be a smaller group than those who make a relatively quick and full recovery. However, even with longer-term problems with PGP, you are likely to go on to make a full recovery although your journey may not be quite as smooth, straightforward or clear-cut. There may be periods of good progress and then a set-back so it feels like one step forward and two back.
We wanted to give you more of a helping hand and greater encouragement to find real progress in your recovery from PGP. So we have made it a priority to provide more information, ideas and suggestions to encourage you to find good 'hands-on' treatment from an experienced physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath. We also wanted to empower you to adopt habits and approaches that can help you towards recovery. For some, this may not be a complete ending of PGP symptoms but at the very least it should bring you tangible improvements to a point where you can manage on-going niggles and flare-ups around your normal daily activities.
The aim was also to provide an insight and pointers to help you understand your own individual triggers of painful symptoms and suggest tips on how to reduce them, helping you recognise what to avoid or repeat, day-to-day. So the new section covers practicalities such as getting your levels of activity pitched right for you - too little and you can't make progress, too much and you can set yourself back.
Other reasons for the development of this web section include:
- an explanation about the treatment and management options for chronic pain,
- information about other common pelvic pain conditions that could be contributing to pain levels and relevant signposts to key organisations who may be able to offer focused help for these conditions.
What has been added?
We have included some new topic areas and we have also extended some of the information contained under existing subject areas to add value and improve the level of detail provided. In some instances, details have needed to change to reflect new research or practices. So, the new pages in this section are:
- PGP following pregnancy - this is the introduction page to the new web section
- Surgery - this topic was already covered but we have updated and added to it.
In the process of creating these pages, we realised that we needed to update some other pages within our website too so that these were in keeping and consistent. This has meant that we have changed and enhanced the following pages:
We hope this new information provides a range of ideas and suggestions to motivate and support you on your journey to recovery or effective management of PGP.