Post Pregnancy – Low Back and Joint Pain treatment at Germanten Hospital Hyderabad
Edited Version | Oct 1, 2019, | Hyderabad
Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan Sir Says that ” Many of the physical changes that can cause low back pain during pregnancy may contribute to an achy back now “.
For example, during pregnancy your expanding uterus stretched and weakened your abdominal muscles and altered your posture, putting strain on your back. Extra weight during (and after) pregnancy not only means more work for your muscles but also increased stress on your joints. Plus, hormonal changes can loosen your joints and ligaments. Unfortunately, all these changes don’t necessarily go away as soon as you give birth.
Also, while giving birth you may have used muscles you don’t normally use, so you could feel those effects for some time, especially if you had a long or difficult labor.
Other factors come into play during the postpartum period too. Many new moms inadvertently make their back problems worse by not using good posture while breastfeeding. When you’re first getting the hang of how to breastfeed, you may be so focused on getting your baby to latch on correctly that you hunch over, straining your neck and upper back muscles as you look down.
And the overall exhaustion and stress of taking care of a newborn 24/7 can also make it harder to recover from all aches and pains after childbirth, including back pain.
🔴 How long will it last?
Back pain usually gets better within a few months after delivery, though some women will continue to have pain for much longer.
If you had back pain before or during pregnancy, you’re more likely to have persistent back pain after pregnancy, especially if it was severe or began relatively early in pregnancy. Being overweight also increases the risk of chronic back pain.
🔴 What can I do about it?
Start by letting your provider know about your back pain. She can suggest appropriate self-care measures to try first, and evaluate your situation if you need further treatment.
Common home remedies for back pain include:
✔ Gentle exercise
When your back hurts, moving around may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it could be just what your body needs.
At first choose a gentle form of exercise, such as walking. As long as you take it slowly and keep walks short for the first few weeks, walking is safe to start almost immediately after either a vaginal birth or a c-section.
When your provider says it’s okay, you may want to make pelvic tilts a part of your daily routine. You can also start gradually doing exercises to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. Try gentle stretching exercises or yoga – just be sure to avoid overstretching or extreme positions. And always listen to your body. If a certain position or activity causes discomfort, stop right away.
✔ Proper body mechanics
Keep these tips in mind throughout the day.
✔ Stand – and sit – up straight.
Pay attention to your body position when feeding your baby, whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding. Choose a comfortable chair with armrests, and use lots of pillows to give extra support to your back and arms. If you’re breastfeeding, consider buying a breastfeeding pillow that goes around your middle. Also try using a footstool to keep your feet slightly raised off the floor.
✔ Learn to position yourself properly while nursing, and always bring your baby to your breast, rather than the other way around. Also, try different breastfeeding positions. If you have tense shoulders and upper back pain, the side-lying position may be most comfortable.
✔ Always bend from your knees, and pick up objects (and children) from a crouching position to minimize the stress on your back.
✔ Let someone else do the heavy lifting, especially if you had a c-section.
🔴 General self-care
Easing soreness and tension and generally taking good care of yourself may help you deal with back pain. At the very least, it may help you feel better temporarily.
✔ Soak in a warm tub.
✔Use a heating pad or a cold pack on the painful area. (Cover it to protect your skin.)
✔. Get a massage to soothe pulled muscles, tense shoulders, and low back pain.
✔ Learn relaxation techniques. They may help you cope with the discomfort and can be especially useful at bedtime.
✔ Try transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Some people report that using one of these small, inexpensive devices temporarily relieves their low back pain.
What else can I try?
You also might want to consider:
✔ Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Don’t take more than recommended, and talk to your provider if you find you need to take it more than occasionally, or if the medication is not helping.
✔ Physical therapy. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to relieve or prevent low back pain.
✔ Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or chiropractic care. There’s some evidence that these may provide pain relief.
🔴 What symptoms mean I should call Germanten Hospital :
Call Germanten Hospital immediately if:
✔ Your back pain is severe, constant, or getting progressively worse.
✔ Your back pain was caused by trauma or is accompanied by a fever.
✔ You lose feeling in one or both legs, or you suddenly feel uncoordinated or weak.
✔ You lose sensation in your buttocks, groin, or genital area (including your bladder or anus).
This may either make it hard to pee or have a bowel movement, or cause incontinence
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