How are back and pelvic pain treated during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The presumptive cause of back and pelvic pain is the added mass of a gravid uterus in the context of relaxation of the ligaments supporting the uterus. The 3 treatment options are as follows:

  • Adaptive management

  • Mechanical support

  • Symptomatic therapy

The patient’s activities should be adapted so as to avoid intolerable pain, and the obstetrician should approve any analgesics.


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