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PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) is a condition which affects a large number of pregnant women (up to 1 in 4 in some studies). It was commonly known as SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), but this implies that only the symphysis pubis is affected, which is not usually the case.

There is a wide range of symptoms and the severity also varies between women. It is important to remember that PGP is a common and, in most cases, treatable condition. It can be safely treated in pregnancy.

PGP is assessed, managed and treated in the same way, whatever the cause and whenever it started. So if you have pelvic pain during or after a pregnancy, ask for treatment.

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SPD is increasingly known as Pelvic Girdle Pain, and because this is the term used in many recent studies, this is what we will use on this website. It describes the condition more accurately because it implies that all the pelvic joints are affected, which is the case for most women.

PGP is also known as osteitis pubis, and pelvic girdle relaxation. The name really depends on whom you talk to about it.

It is important to remember that PGP is a common and, in most cases, treatable condition. In fact, the name is not very relevant. What matters most is that it is recognised as a mechanical joint problem and treated as early as possible, and that it is safely treated in pregnancy.

PGP can occur at any stage in pregnancy. It may come on suddenly, or start gradually. Sometimes it will get better after a couple of days of rest.

However, in most cases this does not happen and you need to ask for treatment. It can also occur during birth – usually this happens if you have a difficult birth or are in an awkward position for labour or birth. It does also (much less frequently) start after birth, sometimes weeks or months later. It is all assessed, managed and treated in the same way, whatever the cause and whenever it started. So if you have pelvic pain during or after a pregnancy, ask for treatment.

Sports injuries

PGP also occurs in sportsmen, such as rugby players, and they are treated quickly and effectively with the same range of techniques as those used for pregnancy-related PGP.

 


 

 


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