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Back Pain After a Difficult Pregnancy 3 April 2010

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, pregnancy, sciatica.
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A was a 42 year-old lady who came to the clinic with back pain and nerve pain (sciatica) radiating down her right leg.  She reported having ongoing back problems since the birth of her son 8 years previously. Both the pregnancy and delivery had been difficult – her son had been side-lying and required a forceps delivery. She had suffered from low level back pain ever since – with episodes of acute pain and sciatica if she ‘overdid it’. She had previously been very active but, over time, the ongoing fear of aggravating the pain had forced her to do less and less.

She reported that her back was always very stiff in the mornings and that she needed a hot shower to get moving at the start of the day. She was always careful of her posture. An unguarded movement could trigger another episode of pain at any time.

Despite her efforts to be careful her back was always vulnerable to aggravation. Slipping on ice a year previously had made it worse and helping to move a bed was enough to trigger the episode of pain that brought her to the chiropractic clinic in Peterborough for treatment.

On examination she was found to have a high level of muscle tension and a marked pelvic misalignment consistent with her medical history. This misalignment was sufficient to make it appear as if one of her legs was longer than the other when she was lying on her back.

After her first McTimoney treatment she reported feeling a variety of strange sensations: including twitching in her legs and muscle fatigue in her hips and thighs. After two treatments she was able to report that she no longer had any sciatic pain in her leg and the back pain had reduced to a level where she ‘did not think about it anymore’. Her morning stiffness had gone. Her pelvic alignment was much improved and her apparent leg length disparity was no longer evident. Years of back pain had been resolved by two McTimoney treatments.

At further visits, A’s progress continued and she was able to resume exercise activities that helped her to get stronger and less vulnerable to injury. She was able to take her son swimming and do exercises on a ‘Wii fit’ machine.  At a recent visit she was able to report playing with her son on a trampoline – an activity she would not have dreamt of doing only a few months before.


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