Low back pain during pregnancy is quite common. In fact, between 50-75% of all pregnant women will experience low back pain; usually caused by rapid changes in weight, posture, gait, and hormones.
The average woman gains between 20-40 pounds throughout pregnancy. This weight gain moves your center-of-gravity forward, causing your pelvis to tilt and your lower back to sway–placing excessive stress on the ligaments, discs, and joints of your spine.
Pregnancy-related low back pain typically starts between the fifth and seventh month of pregnancy, although a significant portion of women will experience pain sooner. Symptoms often begin at the base of your spine and may radiate into your buttock or thigh. Discomfort is often aggravated by prolonged standing, sitting, coughing, or sneezing. Your symptoms may increase throughout the day, and some patients report nighttime pain that disturbs their sleep. Patients who have suffered from back pain prior to pregnancy are more than twice as likely to re-develop back pain during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, pregnancy-related low back pain occurs when your medical treatment options are limited. Over 90% of prenatal health care providers would recommend drug-free treatment, including the type of alternative therapy provided in this office.
Low back pain postpartum is also very common as the stressors and changes to your body that took 9 months to develop then disappear very quickly, making it challenging for your body to adapt. Combined with the actual birthing process, length of labor, and type of birth (natural or c-section) many women have low back pain that can last for months following childbirth. Fortunately, the recovery is usually not prolonged once conservative care is implemented.
Studies have shown that chiropractic manipulation provides significant relief of pregnancy-related low back pain. Almost 75% of women undergoing chiropractic care report significant pain reduction with improved ability to function. Our office offers several tools to help you ease your pain and regain function, including chiropractic adjustments and customized stretches and exercises for home care.
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