Did you know, nearly 70% of pregnant women will experience significant low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. This is a natural result of altered biomechanics which leads to ligamentous strain, increased muscle tension and a decrease in range of motion, which can all lead to increased pain. Pain that may result in interrupted work and an overall lack of productivity in your life. Unfortunately, in some cases, the likelihood of greater discomfort increases as your pregnancy progresses. Which, sadly can also result in pain following your pregnancy.
Fortunately, there’s hope in the form of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). OMT is the therapeutic application of manually guided forces by an Osteopathic Physician to improve physiologic function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by your pregnancy. It has been shown in repeated studies that OMT is effective at reducing pain and improving function during pregnancy which may result in quicker recovery following delivery.
After completing fellowships in Family Medicine, OMT and Sports Medicine I worked as the team physician at a Division 1 University in Ohio where my office was located across the hall from a very busy OB/GYN practice. Many of my referrals came from the OB group across the hall, secondary to my ability to assess and treat low back and pelvic pain- it turns out that being pregnant results in similar complaints that I was seeing in my elite athletes. I have had great results providing natural and safe treatment for pregnant women in pain. I have also had the opportunity to provide postpartum care, immediately following labor and delivery, with excellent results while still in the hospital.
Pelvic instability & Low Back pain
This is a result of stretching of pelvic ligaments during pregnancy and delivery which persist postpartum. Ligament laxity results in back pain, hip pain and/or pelvic pain that is sometimes reduced with physical therapy. When pain persists after standard of care treatments you may be a candidate for regenerative therapy. The intent of this therapy is to naturally strengthen the pelvic ligaments leading to decreased pain and improved function.