Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time for any woman. As the baby grows, the physical changes of the body can take their toll and result in low back pain and sciatica (radiating pain down the leg). Older women and those that lead a more sedentary life are often more likely to experience more pronounced discomfort. Our physical therapists at Progressive PT have extensive experience successfully evaluating and treating musculoskeletal issues that are unique associated during pregnancy and after the birth of your child.
Identify the cause of the problem
There are a number of contributory reasons for this pain including:
- Hormonal Changes
- Change in the body’s center of gravity
- Weight gain
- Posture changes
The good news is that you don’t need to suffer with pain during pregnancy.
Personalized programs based on your changing body that are safe for you and the baby
Other musculoskeletal problems such as knee, hip, or shoulder pain may arise and our experienced physical therapists have the knowledge and training to address these and other issues. Because of your changing body we develop a personalized program that is adaptable to your capabilities, ensuring they are safe and effective for you and won’t harm the baby.
Getting back in shape after the baby arrives
After pregnancy, we can help you regain your figure, strength, and stamina. In addition, one of the most common conditions we see is shoulder pain due to increased weight of the breasts and position of feeding your new bundle of joy. We can help you learn the correct positioning and address any soft tissue issues to reduce pain and give you more mobility.
This should be a time of joy and happiness and we will do everything in our power to make sure you are feeling strong and healthy.
Pilates available in our Costa Mesa office
Pilates used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy treatments is a safe and effective option to help with back and musculoskeletal issue during pregnancy and after the birth of your child. Please call us for more information.
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If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own.
The neck is less protected than the rest of the spine and can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion often affecting everyday activities. For many, it is a temporary condition disappearing with time.
The thoracic spine encompasses the upper- and middle-back region and extends down about five inches past the bottom of the shoulder blades. Although it is solidly constructed and relatively stable, it can also be a source of pain.
The shoulder is not a very stable type of joint and tends to be easily injured. Pain can arise from problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structure. Injuries can occur while performing manual labor, playing sports, or very often by repetitive movements.
Hip and Groin
The hip is a ball and socket joint designed to withstand repeated motion, but can become damanged due to overuse or injury. A groin strain is an overstretch or tearing injury to the muscles of the inner thigh or front of the hip
Knee pain can restrict movement, affect muscle control in the sore leg, and reduce the strength and endurance of the muscles that support the knee. The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis.
The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching.
Pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or fingers is generally caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or an underlying condition like arthritis or tendonitis. It is a very common complaint. Injuries can also occur during accidents or activities.
Many children and adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Jaw pain can happen all of a sudden, or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. Identifying the underlying issue is the first step in treating this condition.