Physiotherapy- Your physiotherapist will assess the pelvic joints and muscles that connect and help you relax, support and/or strengthen the area to help minimise your symptoms. Early assessment and management is key to keeping symptoms manageable and avoiding ongoing aggravation.
Home Exercises- Depending on when PGP occurs in pregnancy the home exercise program might include both strength and mobility exercises to manage the symptoms. By completing regular mobility exercises at home and self massage techniques the symptoms of PGP can be well controlled in conjunction with ongoing physiotherapy.
Heat- Muscles around your hips, lower back and pelvis can get ‘tight’ due to the pain and the changes in the muscles themselves. Heat will help relax the muscles and aid in symptom reduction.
Ice- For pubic symphysis pain, ice can help manage the inflammation in the area which will help minimise ongoing swelling and pain.
Support Devices– Belts, Belly Bands and compressive shorts can help provide support to the joints of the pelvis. This external support can help to decrease the effect aggravating activities have and improve time spent doing day-to-day activities.
Mobility Aids- Some women require mobility aids like crutches when the symptoms are extremely severe.
Rest- Depending on the severity of symptoms and level of mobility, women might be encouraged to spend periods of time on bed rest to aid in pain reduction.