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April 2024 Healthy News from Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers Chiropractic Care and Exercise for Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

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Pregnancy-related low back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain and other neuromuscular pain issues drains the happiness out of pregnancy for a few. Just ask a current or formerly pregnant woman! Treatment without drugs is desirable for these sufferers. Chiropractic treatment with spinal manipulation is one type of evidence-based treatment option. (1) In a study that didn’t track what kind of care (if any) they underwent for their back pain, researchers found that the likelihood of the pain restricting self-grooming and work activities was doubled for those who experienced a combination of musculoskeletal pain issues versus just low back pain during pregnancy. Those who had both pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and low back pain (LBP) had a five-times higher likelihood of work absence. Those who had a mix of PGP and LBP had a 13-times higher likelihood. At 6 months postpartum, 16% had lingering pain, 38% had persistent pain, 50% were pain-free. (2) This is where pain alleviating care like chiropractic spinal manipulation comes into play. For example, a 26-year-old pregnant woman in her second trimester suffered with severe pain in her lower back and both hips and down her right leg noted relief after her initial treatment with Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression. Cox® spinal manipulation was performed in a side-lying, comfortable modified position for treatment. She reported complete relief of her pain with 8 visits. (3) Chiropractic is a non-drug, gentle option for pain relief throughout pregnancy. Let your pregnant friends know that they do not have to suffer with back pain!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Evaline Delson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson  about the use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management treatment protocols to help restore some pain free joy of the pregnancy. 

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Baton Rouge HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH: Exercise for (Pregnancy-Related and All) Back Pain

Exercise surely benefits anyone with back pain and even those who have back pain while pregnant. 42.3% of pregnant women had low back pain which was more frequent than in the normal population. Being physically active with regular exercise was recommended. (4) A study of pregnant women who exercised from their 17th to their 34th week versus those who didn’t reported 21.9 mm less low back pain and 12.9 mm less sciatic pain on a VAS (0-100) scale score, 6.9%  reported less pain, slept better, had less pain while lifting, and were less restricted in their social lives due to pain. (5) A review of the outcomes of 16 randomized clinical trials found that women who performed physical activity throughout their pregnancy had less pain intensity, had reductions noted in their disability questionnaires, and reported less general pain overall. (6) What exercises are effective? A simple series of exercises focusing on abdominal tightness, pelvic tilting, and foot and ankle movements were found to be statistically significant in reducing pregnancy-related musculoskeletal disorders. (7) The three basic exercises for back pain patients in the Cox® Technic System are similar: abdominal tightening, pelvic tilt, and knee chest exercises. So easy. So effective.

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is honored to be your Baton Rouge chiropractor and appreciates your sharing your chiropractic care with family and friends, especially the pregnant ones this month! See you soon!

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