Pelvic health and obstetric physiotherapy

Clinics

Our patient-centred advice and treatment is evidence-based and guided by our comprehensive clinical experience and specialist post-graduate training.

Attend Anywhere video consultation

Did you know your outpatient appointment for this service may now be done by video consultation using Attend Anywhere. This enables you to be able to attend your appointment from home, saving you time and money.

Find out more about outpatient video appointments

All patients are treated holistically to improve quality of life. We work closely with consultants and are experienced in managing complex problems.

We provide assessment and treatment for the following conditions:

  • antenatal pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
  • pregnancy related back pain
  • diastasis recti abdominus (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • pregnancy-related carpal tunnel symptoms
  • rib flare
  • pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation
  • urinary incontinence (stress, urgency or mixed incontinence)
  • pelvic organ prolapse symptoms
  • birth-related perineal trauma
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • bowel urgency or leakage
  • perineal dysfunction associated with dyspareunia (pain during intercourse) or vulvodynia (pain in the vulva)

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) classes

Pelvic girdle pain is the term used to describe pain in one or more of the three pelvic joints. It affects around 1 in 5 women in pregnancy, with symptoms varying in severity. We usually offer a rapid access specialist information and advice class for women with pelvic girdle pain on a weekly basis. We are currently unable to run the class in person due to COVID-19 however please see in the patient leaflets and videos sections for more information.

Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) classes

VBAC classes are usually offered to appropriate patients after review in the VBAC or obstetric clinic and are run by a specialist obstetric physiotherapist. The class includes information and practical advice for encouraging an active vaginal birth. We are currently unable to run this service due to Covid-19.

Please see in patient information leaflets Vaginal birth after previous caesarean (VBAC) and Fit for birth booklet.

Inpatient service

A physiotherapist routinely visits postnatal women six days per week (Monday – Saturday). Ladies who have had a caesarean section, instrumental delivery or third/fourth degree tear are seen, to provide advice on postnatal exercises and recovery. Physiotherapists are also available to give advice to antenatal women with musculoskeletal problems.

Furthermore we provide post-surgical care for patients on Daphne ward after gynaecology surgery. Please see below for pre-op information which you may find beneficial prior to your admission.

Non-urgent advice: How to access the service

There are several ways for you to access our service:

  • You can ask your GP to refer you or they may suggest this themselves
  • If you are seeing a consultant or midwife they can refer you
  • You can complete a self-referral form. The self-referral form can be posted to the address stated on the form or emailed to outpatientphysio@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Videos

Pelvic Floor Exercises
Exercises for pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy
Core stability exercise
Pelvic pain
Personal training for your pelvic floor

Patient information leaflets: