Posted by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, November 2015
The team at the Pelvic Partnership are very excited about the launch of our new leaflet for frontline healthcare professionals and we would like our members and website readers to be involved, too.
This month the Pelvic Partnership is launching its very own 'Stickmum' leaflet about pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), its symptoms and how best to treat it. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund's Grant of £10,000, we are able to produce and distribute over 100,000 copies of this informative and upbeat leaflet about how to recognise and treat PGP promptly and effectively with manual therapy. The aim is to include a copy of the leaflet for all UK GPs, midwives and physiotherapists within their respective professional journals during November so that they have direct access to this vital information about PGP.
It's a big undertaking for a small charity like ours but we are taking this action because we know that PGP is still poorly understood and often ignored. Without prompt diagnosis and suitable treatment, the symptoms of pain and immobility can be needlessly prolonged. PGP affects up to 1 in 5 pregnant women; it causes pain and difficulty in walking during pregnancy and after birth which can prevent women from doing the everyday tasks necessary to look after a new baby and care for her family. Research indicates that 7% of women affected may still need crutches or a wheelchair two years after having their baby if they don’t get the right treatment.
Can you help us extend our reach even further?
We want to help women with PGP by asking everyone who reads this on our website to spread the word that PGP is treatable through manual therapy from an experienced manual therapist such as a physiotherapist. Please CLICK HERE to access a downloadable fact sheet version of our ‘Stickmum’ leaflet or order two free copies of the leaflet and give out to the healthcare professionals caring for you or someone you know with PGP. If you are a member of the Pelvic Partnership, we will be sending out copies with our newsletter. The leaflet features our 'stickmum' character and has key information about the causes of PGP and that manual therapy is the best form of treatment. If you take a leaflet to your GP, your midwife and an NHS physiotherapy department in your area, you will really be helping us to spread the word.
Sarah Fishburn, Chair of the Pelvic Partnership emphasises that at this time when time when budgets are being cut and resources reduced "We wanted to provide a resource for healthcare professionals throughout the UK." The fun, upbeat and concise leaflet explains what PGP is, how to spot the symptoms and how manual therapy can bring relief. Sarah continues by explaining that "By treating it early, as well as improving women’s quality of life, it can also save money for the NHS by reducing the number of women with long-term symptoms, which has an impact on GP and specialist resources."
So please help us to help women with PGP by handing a copy of our downloadable 'Stickmum' leaflet to as many healthcare professionals as you can. You will be joining us in taking action across the UK to help women with PGP to get the prompt and appropriate care they need towards a good recovery.