If you’re not getting the treatment you need

Many women do receive good care on the NHS for PGP.  However, you may struggle to get the treatment you need. If so, there are steps you can take.
If you feel your PGP symptoms aren’t being taken seriously

It’s important to feel you’re listened to, you’re heard and your point of view and concerns are respected.

It can be difficult to get your point across or to challenge a healthcare professional whom you feel is not taking your symptoms seriously. To help with this you could:

  • take someone with you to your appointment to help get your point across
  • write a note to give to your healthcare professional outlining your symptoms and their impact on you
  • take along information about PGP such as our Stickmum leaflet.

This may be all you need to get your message across. It can also take the pressure off you to explain about PGP in detail. 

If you are having difficulty getting a referral for manual therapy

Ask for a second opinion. If you feel your GP, consultant or midwife doesn’t take your symptoms seriously and/or is reluctant to refer you for treatment, you could make an appointment with a different clinician. 

If you’ve been referred to someone who hasn’t successfully treated your PGP

Women are referred to general NHS physiotherapists, women’s health physiotherapists or back pain clinics with varying success.  Look for NHS treatment from an experienced physiotherapist who has undertaken extra training about treating PGP. This may include sports physiotherapists who have expertise in joint treatments.  Osteopaths and chiropractors can also provide successful treatment, but this will not normally be available on the NHS.

You can ask your GP specifically: “Will you refer me to a physiotherapist who specialises in treating pelvic joint and back pain with manual therapy?”

Planning labour and birth

Try to discuss any worries with your midwife.  If you’re not happy with the response, you can ask to see the Consultant Midwife, a specialist midwife who offers extra help in planning labour and birth.  See also our Birth and PGP web page.  If you feel your choices in labour are not being supported, you can contact Birthrights or AIMS for advice.


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The Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on both research and the experience of other women with PGP. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice and the information we provide should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material on this site is provided for information and support purposes only.

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