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Back Pain from Pregnancy Treatment

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Treatment for Back Pain from Pregnancy

Don’t wait until back pain during your pregnancy makes you miserable. Take care of your body to take care of your baby.

If you’re already feeling some pain in your back from carrying your child, stretches and exercises at your physical therapy practice can ease the pain. Even if you don’t yet have any pain, it’s liable to hit before you have to give birth. Learn what to do make your pain lighter and your impending birth easier.

There are a considerable number of factors that contribute to your back pain during pregnancy. Your back pain may even set in at the beginning of your pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women experience some back pain while carrying their children. But with the aid of a specialized physical therapy program from outpatient physical therapy, you can learn how to relieve back pain during your pregnancy.

Your pregnancy puts your body under a lot of stress.

Stiffness, soreness and aches in your back are arguably the most common complaints during pregnancy. And being medically overweight during your pregnancy drastically increases the likelihood and severity of your back pain.

Other factors that play significant roles in your prenatal back pain include:

  • Having a previous pregnancy that involved back pain
  • The increase in your hormones
  • Poor posture
  • Excessive standing or bending
  • Shifting of your center of gravity caused by the changes to your body
  • Muscle separation as your uterus continues to expand
  • The physical, hormonal and emotional strain the pregnancy puts on your body

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A sprained ankle is both painful and inconvenient. When the ligaments around your ankle get stretched too far or tear, you feel pain that may vary in intensity. Ligaments are the tissue that connects your bones to each other. The ligaments in your ankle help move your foot and be able to stand up straight. Physical therapy (PT) works wonders to heal sprained ankles. And as an added benefit, at Tri Physical Therapy in Brooklyn — your sprained ankle therapy therapist’s spa-like office — you reduce the risk of repeating the same injury later.

Even the most severe sprains should be treated with physical sprained ankle therapy while you’re still in some discomfort.

Because of the way ligaments are weakened or torn during a sprain, you’re at a high risk of repeating the injury if you try to get by without some retraining. Developing safer, healthier movements through ankle physical therapy exercises helps ensure that your injury doesn’t repeat or become chronic due to bad habits.

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How to Relieve Back Pain During Pregnancy

While there normally are many ways to address back pain, most of these techniques involve modalities that could harm your child. These modalities include treatments that use electricity or medication. Being pregnant, therefore, significantly limits your treatment options.

A physical therapy program designed by a qualified Brooklyn physical therapist can use back pain therapy to treat your specific back pain caused by the pregnancy. Physical therapy treatments are safe for both you and your child. These treatments typically involve a combination of:

  • Pregnancy stretches for back pain
  • Physical therapist-approved exercises for back pain from pregnancy
  • Prenatal massage
  • Manual adjustments
  • Posture correction
  • Spine and joint manipulation
  • Lifestyle changes

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Pay Attention to Your Pain

Physical therapy is the safest method of treating your pain without risk to your child. Working with a pain relief specialists can prevent a significant amount of back pain and discomfort. It’s also the most effective way to ease the pain that you’re already experiencing. Let your pain specialist know if you notice any changes in your pain or its intensity during your treatment.

Since it’s such a commonly reported symptom, back pain from pregnancy is generally not a reason to panic. But there are symptoms to watch out for. These symptoms can indicate that your back pain is a sign of a more serious problem. Seek emergency medical help immediately if you experience:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • A sensation of tightening in your uterus
  • A fever that accompanies your back pain
  • A dull ache across your lower back, down the sides of your back, or between your hips and ribs
  • Tingling, numbness, or sharp, shooting pain in your legs, feet, or buttocks
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Rhythmic cramping
  • A severe pain that comes on suddenly, without warning

Open communication with your physician and physical therapist is vital for protecting your pregnancy and your baby. Never hesitate to contact emergency medical services at the first indication of a problem or complication.

Health Problems Don’t Solve Themselves

Back pain should never simply be ignored. If left untreated, your pain could become chronic. When spinal or joint misalignment isn’t treated, it can lead to advanced spinal conditions or degeneration. A proactive treatment program now can spare you a more pain later.

Working with a physical therapy specialist to strengthen your spine and maintain its mobility while you’re pregnant benefits more than your spinal health. It also eases the pain of pregnancy. Because it promotes proper body balance and alignment, it also improves the condition of your womb for your baby. And that can result in shorter and easier births. So even if you’re not yet in pain, save your back and make your pregnancy easier by contacting TRI Physical Therapy.

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