Pelvic Girdle Pain
Postpartum pelvic girdle pain (PGP) refers to discomfort or pain in the pelvic region after giving birth. Physical therapy can play a vital role in managing and treating postpartum PGP. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Assessment and evaluation: A physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify the specific factors contributing to your postpartum PGP. They will evaluate your posture, pelvic alignment, muscle strength, joint mobility, and any underlying musculoskeletal imbalances.
- Education and self-management strategies: Physical therapists can provide education about postpartum PGP, explaining its causes and offering guidance on self-management strategies. This may include advice on proper body mechanics, posture, and activities to avoid or modify to reduce pain.
- Manual therapy techniques: Physical therapists may use manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilizations, or myofascial release, to address muscle imbalances, reduce pain, and restore normal joint function and alignment.
- Core muscle rehabilitation: Strengthening and coordinating the pelvic floor and abdominal wall muscles can help stabilize the pelvis and alleviate PGP symptoms. Physical therapists can guide you through appropriate exercises and teach techniques for engaging and relaxing these muscles.
- Individualized exercise program: Based on your assessment findings, a physical therapist can design a personalized exercise program to address your specific needs and goals. This may include stretching, strengthening, and mobility exercises for the hips, pelvis, and lower back.
- Postural and ergonomic advice: Physical therapists can provide guidance on maintaining proper posture and ergonomics during daily activities, including lifting, carrying, and feeding your baby. This can help reduce strain on the pelvis and alleviate PGP symptoms.
Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.