The level of pain experienced in PGP varies immensely between individuals as well as from day to day, and it can also depend on how long you have had this pain (please see our ‘Acute or chronic pain?’ page which explains this in more detail). It is often possible to manage pain effectively by combining ‘hands-on’ treatment, lifestyle changes (e.g. pacing activities) and pain relief medications.
Most pain is caused by the irritation of joints, nerves or other tissues. PGP is often caused by stiffness at one joint causing another joint to become inflamed and painful, therefore it is important to try to find the cause of the pain and not just treat the symptoms alone. Of course, no matter what the causes, if you think you are in pain, you are in pain.
It is important to seek treatment from a manual therapist (for example, a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor) to make sure that any mechanical or joint cause of your pain is being treated, and that you are not just treating the symptoms when there is a treatable cause for those symptoms. Please see our ‘Treatment’ section for more information. Other forms of pain relief explained in this section of the website will complement any treatment you are receiving and make you feel more comfortable during and between treatments.
You may find it helpful to read our ‘Emotional impact of PGP’ section to address any associated emotional or psychological symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Don’t wait for pain to become a problem. The longer pain goes untreated, the harder it is to relieve.The chronic pain cycle describes how mind and body work together to cause chronic pain and the elements you may need to address to treat and manage your pain. For more information please see our ‘Understanding chronic (persistent) pelvic pain’ page.
Content reviewed and updated in 2017.