Pregnancy Related Low Back Pain

February 14, 2017

Article written by: Angel Moore, PTA

Experts estimate that about half of women experience low back pain or pelvic region pain at some point during their pregnancy.  Common causes of back pain during pregnancy are typically related to two general structures of the lower back: the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

A study published in the July 2014 issue of Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine reviewed the best published research regarding the benefits of physical therapy in treating back and pelvic pain during and after pregnancy.  They found that exercises can decrease pain, improve function and limit sick leave for pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain

At PTOSI we specialize in developing individualized treatment plans for our patients by working on pain’s typical triggers.  A customized treatment plan may include recommendations for sleeping positions and for modifying daily activities, soft-tissue mobilization to reduce muscular pain, joint mobilization or stabilization, and exercises to improve posture, strength, mobility, and flexibility.