Back Pain and Pregnancy

Chiropractor KennesawBack pain during pregnancy is common. Approximately half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. About 10% of the time, the pain becomes so severe that it can interfere with the ability to work or carry out normal activities.  Chiropractic can help alleviate back pain during pregnancy.

Key factors that are associated with increased risk of developing lower back pain during pregnancy include –

Physically strenuous work

Lifting, bending and child care

A history of low back pain prior to pregnancy

The added weight and change in the center of gravity during the course of pregnancy puts additional strain on the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint. These changes can lead to pain in the lower back or down the legs.

Malfunction in the sacroiliac joint is the most common cause of back pain in pregnancy. While it can be quite painful, this condition is treatable by a chiropractor and treatment during pregnancy helps speed full recovery after delivery of the baby.

For patients experiencing back pain during pregnancy, chiropractic may provide effective pain relief with just a few simple treatments. For example, manipulation or adjustment of the pelvis provided relief and restored function in as many 91% of patients in a study.

The pain usually subsides soon after delivery of the baby. Over the six-week period following delivery, the pelvic ligaments regain their rigidity and are better able to support normal weight bearing and motion during normal daily activities. Regular chiropractic treatments during this time can help speed up the process.

Remember, the good news is that appropriate treatment can help provide significant back pain relief during the pregnancy and, importantly, minimize the chances of having chronic back pain in the lower back after the pregnancy.

If you are pregnant and suffering from back pain, contact Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw for a consultation with Dr. Todd Supnick. You can reach our office via telephone at 770-262-1909 or use the “Contact Us” feature on our website.


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