Pregnancy-Related Lower Back Pain

Along with the joy of motherhood also comes back and pelvic pain for many women. For years, women were expected to ‘live with this.’ But now, the Compass Rehabilitation Center in East Lansing offers help for this population, offering the first and only comprehensive, evidence-based physical therapy program in the Greater Lansing Area specifically catering to the needs of pregnant and postpartum women. The Pregnancy Pain Management Program at the Compass Rehabilitation Center combines manual therapy, patient education, exercise and aquatic therapy with a one-to-one individualized treatment program working directly with a prenatal physical therapist. With an individualized program of care, pain during pregnancy or afterwards can be avoided or minimized.
 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends pregnant women perform a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Few physical therapists specialize in treatment for pregnant and postpartum women, but The Compass Rehabilitation Center has a prenatal physical therapist who can evaluate and develop a safe and healthy exercise routine tailored to meet each patient's concerns, such as appropriate lower back exercises for pregnant women. Besides addressing issues such as back and pelvic pain, a prenatal physical therapist can help prepare women for a safer labor and delivery, positions of comfort, postural exercises and more. Multiple studies suggest that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy have fewer complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, miss fewer workdays, have shorter second stages of labor and experience significantly faster recovery times with easier deliveries.
 
The Compass Rehabilitation Center program offers one of the largest warm-water therapy pools in the mid-Michigan area. The research overwhelmingly suggests that warm water aquatic therapy is the gold standard in physical therapy treatment for pregnant women. Some of the benefits include improved cardiovascular endurance, decreased pain with exercise, decreased edema and improved weight control during pregnancy.
 
The Compass Rehabilitation Center, a Centis Health partner, is a unique facility providing comprehensive physical therapy and pain management treatment within a cooperative and healing environment. Board Certified physiatrists and licensed physical therapists offer a team approach to rehabilitative care, neck and spine health, sports medicine and pain management to restore patients to their best health. A strong emphasis is placed on individualized care with patient-centered treatment plans designed to meet the patient’s specific needs. The therapy program for pregnant and postpartum women is designed to be a multi-disciplinary approach to issues such as back and pelvic pain, neck and shoulder pain during pregnancy. This coordinated team includes a physical therapist, acupuncturist and massage therapist experienced in treating the pregnant patient. Patients or physicians in need of additional information can call The Compass Rehabilitation Center at 517.337.3080.