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Back Pain After an Epidural

By  Sara Butler

For many women, an epidural is something opted for during their child’s delivery. It can be a helpful aid, but it can also leave you with low back pain in the aftermath that lasts for weeks or even months. Here’s what you need to know about back pain after an epidural, what you can do about it, and how your chiropractor can help.

Complaints After an Epidural

After an epidural and delivery, some women experience these symptoms:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Numbness or pain in the back
  • Issues rotating the body
  • Weak core muscles
  • Sharp pains when standing or sitting for long periods
  • Unstable back or hips

The truth of the matter is that the relationship between back pain and epidurals isn’t something that is well studied. But what has been found is that about 33 percent of women experience back pain after an epidural. The cause or mechanism of the pain isn’t clear, but that doesn’t mean the pain you’re experiencing isn’t legitimate.

You have to keep in mind that pregnancy and childbirth also take a toll on the body, especially in the lower back and pelvis, plus weakened muscles in the core due to the expansion of the uterus. Weight gain, hormone changes, and looseness of the ligaments and tendons in the joints can also all contribute to pain after you have a baby.

How the Chiropractor Can Help

At The Joint, we see women at all stages of pregnancy, including postpartum. The chiropractor evaluates the area you may be experiencing the pain but also examines the whole body to see if there are other imbalances or dysfunctions that can be contributing. If you need a chiropractic adjustment they will perform it and they may suggest you take steps at home to help you recover properly.

What You Can Do

Chiropractors recommend a few things to help with back pain in the wake of a delivery. You should use ice directly on the area to help you find relief from pain. You should also do stretching and specific exercise to help target the areas that need help. Your chiropractor may suggest:

  • Extension exercise
  • Stretching routine
  • Core building exercises

The treatment they suggest will be tailored to you and your specific needs, so consult with the chiropractors at The Joint today if you suspect your epidural has caused ongoing issues!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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