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Musculoskeletal problems during and after pregnancy

What are Musculoskeletal conditions during and after pregnancy?   

Common musculoskeletal conditions  during pregnancy included back or pelvic girdle pain often called symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD  In fact SPD is now referred to as pelvic girdle pain or PGP.  More details of why these pains occur can be found at:


What can our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy team offer to patients?

People often come to us with conditions that cause pain, stiffness, weakness, pins and needles or other symptoms. These types of problems can result in difficulty with daily tasks, sleep, work, leisure or sport.


What we can offer you as a patient:-

If you have back pain or pelvic girdle pain we will usually offer you an appointment in one of our special group session designed to give offer you a quick appointment.  In the group session we will


  • complete an assesment to understand your individual condition and how it is affecting you
  • explain why these symptoms are so common in pregnancy
  • teach you specific exercises to help ease your pains
  • demonstrate positions to help you get more comforable in bed and when sitting
  • offer an external support band if needed


If your symptoms do not respond to the exercise and advice given in the group we can offer and one to one appointment or you have another musculoskeletal condition in pregnancy e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome


Assessment :
We give time to listen to you, in order to understand your individual condition and the problems it causes and how it is affecting your life.


We examine you thoroughly to form an opinion on diagnosis. We discuss our findings with you and how the condition may best be treated.


Advice and information:
We will offer you advice and information about your condition, especially in regards to how you can help yourself manage your condition better.

Treatment choices and shared decisions:
We will discuss your treatment options and we will make decisions together forming an individual plan to suit your condition, your choices and your needs in order to help you return to work, sport and leisure activities.

The treatment may include:

• Exercises (as an individual or in groups) to stretch and strengthen; to improve posture; to improve your core stability muscles (Pilates approach); to become physically more active; to improve general health and fitness and to help rehabilitate to work, sport and leisure activities.

• Mobilisations and massage - movements we or you can apply to joints or muscles and tissues.

• Relaxation strategies

• Hydrotherapy (water based exercise therapy)

• Splints to reduce pain or pins and needles in the hands


Fitness for work and activities:
We can make sure treatment supports you planning your return to work or activities.


Further referral for investigations and opinion with medical colleagues:
We have expert physiotherapists, called Advanced Practitioners, who have had extra training with medical colleagues so they are able to request investigations (tests such as x-rays and some scans) and to refer you to consultants or surgeons if necessary.


How can I see a Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapist?