Pregnant? Have Back Pain?

50-80% of pregnant patients will have back pain. It is so common, that it is actually considered a “normal” part of pregnancy!1 While it may be common, fortunately you don’t have to go through your pregnancy suffering.

In a study from the
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers looked at standard OB care versus a multidimensional (multimodal) treatment approach performed by a chiropractic physician. The multidimensional treatment approach utilized myofascial release (massage), stretching, spinal manipulation and stability exercises. Both spinal manipulation and stability exercises were performed on an as needed basis. The standard OB approach used rest, heat, acetaminophen and possible referral to orthopedic surgeon for debilitating cases.

Results from this study were astounding! As you can imagine, the patients who received the multimodal treatment approach had drastic positive changes, pain dropping from a 6 to a 2 with minimal amount of visits needed. Those in the standard OB group had “no significant changes” in their pain.

So if you have back pain and are pregnant, you don’t have to wait. Call your local chiropractic orthopedist and schedule an appointment.

Peterson et al.: Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing
chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term
and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014 22:15.

2. George JW, Skaggs CD, Thompson PA, et al. A randomized controlled trial
comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back
and pelvic pain in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;208:295.e1-7.