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. 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
Physical therapy can help with low back pain during pregnancy
The good news is that you don’t need to suffer with pain during pregnancy. At Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation we have vast experience when it comes to evaluating and treating these common complaints.
Research has shown that physical therapy can help to decrease or even eliminate pregnancy-related low back pain and improve function through manual therapy, spinal stabilization exercises, and education on sitting, standing, lifting, use of support pillows, and turning in bed,
For sciatic or radiating pain down the leg, we have developed our own set of exercise protocols to help alleviate this uncomfortable side-effect.
A customized home exercise program will target strengthening of the abdominal, pelvis and gluteal/hip muscles to help stabilize the pelvic region. These exercises will also benefit you during delivery and after the birth of your baby, by toning muscles, decrease the severity of fatigue, and assist in reclaiming your pre-pregnant weight.
Relieving back, pelvic, leg & abdominal pain after pregnancy
Following the birth of your baby, if you are still experiencing significant back, abdominal/pelvic or leg pain you may want to consider additional physical therapy. Occasionally, these changes can linger indefinitely and not go away. It is not uncommon for us to see a woman complaining of back pain that started many years after the birth of a child and never went away. You do not need to accept that as your new normal.
We have the experience and knowledge to address these issues and create a customized program that is designed to help return you to your pre-pregnancy activity level.