Welcome to Pelvic Problems UK

We are Pelvic Problems UK and we are located in Edinburgh North David Street, Scotland.

We want to raise awareness to a growing problem in the UK Pelvic Girdle pain also known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and to help women and men affected by this problem with great quality advice and tips.

Our aims:

  • To lobby for full implementation of existing health and social care policies that will improve the lives of people affected by long-term conditions
  • To influence the creation and content of new national health and social care policies, and other aspects of public policy where appropriate, to benefit people affected by long-term conditions
  • To promote a wide range of sustainable high-quality self-management programmes for people affected by long-term conditions

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) commonly affects women during or after pregnancy causing pain and mobility difficulties.  Women who are not pregnant and men too can also be affected, sometimes as a result of injury or trauma.


What are the main symptoms?

  • Pain in one or more joints of the pelvis, often affecting the pubic bone at the front or one or both sacro iliac joints at the back
  • Pain in the lower back, hip joints or inner thighs.
  • Pain in the groin or across the lower abdomen
  • Pain and difficulty with walking
  • Waddling gait
  • Pain or difficulty moving your legs apart
  • Difficulty with activities which involve standing on one leg such as dressing and climbing stairs
  • Difficulties with activities of daily living including getting in and out of a car/turning over in bed and getting in and out of a bath

Great General Advice

Bending: Keep your back straight and use your knees to bend down.
Carrying: Keep your child close to you and avoid placing them on one hip which will result in strain to your back.
Lifting : when lifting your child, for example out of their cot, lower the cot rails first if it is possible to do this - another factor to consider if you have still to choose your cot.
Dressing/undressing: sit down to get dressed/undressed to avoid standing on one leg

Getting your Treatment

Something to remember:

  • No two people with pelvic girdle pain are the same Each person will have different symptoms.
  • Treatment should be tailored to each person individually.

Find a physiotherapist or a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist
They will assess you, looking in particular at the movements of your spine, the position and movements of your pelvic joints as well as assessing your muscles, nerves and what you are able to do functionally.

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