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Pregnancy Related Musculo-Skeletal Pain

Pregnancy Related Pain

The Facts

Around 1 in 5 pregnant women experience mild discomfort in the back or front of the pelvis during pregnancy. This may be caused by a number of things including changes in posture, muscle weakness or ligamentous pain as your body shape changes. 

These aches and pains, if left untreated may progress to interfere with everyday activities such as walking, exercise classes, climbing and descending stairs and getting out of a chair. After having the baby you will need to be able to cope with added demands of lifting, changing and feeding baby as well as manoeuvring baby carriers and car seat. Allthese require a strong back, pelvis and abdominal muscles. 

Your physiotherapist will assess your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles post- natally and advise on return to exercise.

Where to go for help

Here at Rivers Hospital we have a dedicated service within the physiotherapy department treating both female and male problems. They are run by a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist who has worked in this field for over 20 years. 

She has expert backup from our Consultants in Gynaecology and Obstetrics and can refer directly to themfor further advice. They also refer patients directly to her. 

We are here to help you

If you have discomfort that does not improve within a week or interferes with your daily activities, you should contact your midwife or GP and ask for a referral to our Women’s Health Physiotherapist. 

Aims of the service

Physiotherapy treatment aims to keep you mobile during and after pregnancy by improving your spinal and pelvic joint position and stability, relieving pain and improving muscle function. Our women’s health specialist will be able to help with pelvic floor strengthening and incontinence. 

About your treatment

All treatments are carried out in a designated treatment room separate from the main physiotherapy department. All information will be completely confidential, and you will be treated with respect, dignity and understanding.

At the first visit, we assess your problems, discuss your lifestyle, medical and surgical history and, if necessary, conduct a physical examination.

This session usually takes an hour. Following the assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss the findings, explain your problem, recommend possible treatments, and design a specific treatment plan. Your consultant and general practitioner will be kept informed of your progress. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Manual therapy to ensure your spinal, pelvic and hip joints are moving normally
  • Exercises to retrain and strengthen your stomach, back, pelvic floor and hip muscles during and after pregnancy
  • Advice on coping with daily activities
  • Exercises in water
  • Provision of equipment such as crutches and support
  • belts
  • Advice on posture

For more information or to book an appointment, please call

our Physiotherapy Department on 01279 602 632.

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