Back pain during pregnancy is a very common occurrence and occurs in about 50-80% of all pregnant woman. Studies show that lower back pain in pregnancy usually occurs between the fifth and seventh month of being pregnant. However in some cases can occur as early as 8-12 weeks. Women who also experienced back pain before being pregnant are at higher risk of developing back pain during pregnancy.
There are two types of common back pain experienced during pregnancy, these include; Lumbar or lower back pain (causing sciatica) and Posterior pelvic pain
Lumber pain (Sciatica): Lumbar pain during pregnancy is generally located at and above the waist in the centre of the back. This lower back pain may or may not be concurrent with pain that radiates down the leg or foot. Sciatica in most cases is a sharp, shooting pain that starts in the back or buttocks and radiates down the back of the legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body and starts in the lower back and branches down the back of the legs, ankle and foot, hence the experience of pain in those areas is if the nerve is compressed by bulging disks, arthritis or narrowing of spinal cord.
Causes of sciatica during pregnancy:
Treatments of sciatica:
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may have potential benefits such as relieving back, neck or joint pain.
In particular, many women find relieve from chiropractic treatments for their sciatica during pregnancy. Chiropractors specialise in treating nerve pain by providing motion to the affected joints, thus alleviating pressure on the nerve. This is done through adjustment and manual manipulation in an aim to better align the spinal column, which help address the underlying conditions which cause sciatic pain. The chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic are also trained in the use of dry needles which can be effective in relieving sciatic pain.
Other Advice to help back pain during pregnancy include;
Posterior pelvic pain: During pregnancy, many chiropractors have reported women are four times more likely to experience pain in the posterior pelvic region. It is pain felt near the sacroiliac joints of your pelvis (the two dimples of the lower back) as a result of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The pain often feels deep within your lower back and can occur on one or both sides of the back. In some cases the pain can radiate down the back on the legs. Pain may begin at any time during pregnancy but on average occurs around the 18th week and can become more intense as pregnancy progresses.
Cause during pregnancy:
Symptoms of posterior pelvic pain:
Treatments of PPP:
Dr Linda Schiller and associates here at Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup offer a large variety of treatment options to assist you . Some of the methods employed include: Soft tissue therapy, dry needling, trigger point therapy, interferential, ultrasound, bracing, strapping, specific adjustments , advice on activities and appropriate movement, exercises to strengthen the muscles of the lower back and pelvic floor.
Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup is located central to the northern suburbs of Perth, such as Kinross, Clarkson, Currambine, Connolly, Ocean Reef, Edgewater, Woodvale, and Whitfords, Mullaloo, Padbury, Wangara, Yanchep. There is easy accessible public transport with bus and train station just walking distance, and ample parking with easy access.
To book an appointment contact the clinic on 9300 0095, or book online at www.lakesidechiro.com.au