There is no hard and fast cure for PGP or SPD.
Many women have reported improvement in their symptoms following a combination of manual or hands-on therapy to treat any underlying joint dysfunction, joint misalignment or overactive tight muscles followed by an exercise programme.
Research which studied postnatal women with pelvic girdle pain has shown that an individually designed programme of exercises to improve the stability of the pelvis is of benefit.
A pelvic support belt to provide support to the pelvis can also be useful as a temporary measure along with an exercise programme.
Is there anything I can do to ease the pain?
Listen to your body, if something hurts, don’t do it, don’t be tempted to “push past the pain” as this can flare up your pain and it can take longer to settle down.
Move little and often. Rest regularly; although you may not feel very sore now, it can be worse once you do relax
Don't push through the pain. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Avoid heavy lifting or pushing (supermarket trolleys can be particularly painful).
When dressing, sit down to put on clothing such as your knickers or trousers. Pull the clothing over your feet and then stand up to pull them up. Don't try to put your legs into trousers, skirts or knickers whilst standing up.
When sitting try not to sit on too low a seat as this can tilt your pelvis backwards and put more strain on the pelvic area and your lower back (increasing your pain).
If you need to climb stairs, do so one step at a time, step up onto the step with your strongest, or least painful leg then bring your other leg up to meet it, repeat with each step.
Sometimes, sleeping on a softer surface can help. Try placing a duvet under your sheet.
When swimming avoid breaststroke, and take care with other strokes, ask your osteopath or physiotherapist for advice. Exercises in water can be helpful and sometimes just immersing in the water can give good pain relief.
Ask your therapist for advice on ways to reduce pain during normal day to day activities.
Acupuncture has also been shown to be useful for pain relief.
Recently the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health (ACPWH) has produced guidelines about the use of TENS machines during pregnancy. It is recommended that you discuss these with your midwife or doctor to find out whether using a TENS machine might be helpful for you.