Pelvic Girdle Pain affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 5 women. In pregnancy this number increases to 1 in 4 women.
Pelvic girdle pain can extend from the lower back to the upper leg. It can be musculoskeletal, visceral (ie to do with your organs), neural, or it can be a combination of these.
Pain can be in the lower back, buttocks or pubic regions. It can also be felt in your hips or groin. Other things you might feel with pelvic girdle pain include difficulty weight bearing, difficulty with stairs, pain lying on your side or back and pain or difficulty opening or lifting your legs.
Most types of pelvic girdle pain cannot be diagnosed with scans or blood tests which often means your pain becomes chronic before effective or focused treatment begins. This then means pain can be extremely debilitating and often distressing.
Osteopaths aim to improve the ability of your pelvis to transfer loads from above and below. They do this using myofascial and muscle releasing techniques, ensuring optimal mobility of the joints and reducing tension around nerve pathways. They will also advise you of strengthening and stability exercises for longer term maintenance of your pain.
Acupuncturists use medical and traditional Chinese medical assessment tools to diagnose the cause of pelvic girdle pain. The then needle appropriate acupuncture points and prescribe Chinese herbal medicine paricular to their diagnosis.