Dr. Wang explains why some pregnant women experience back pain.
Back pain in pregnancy is very, very common and it does not necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong with the spine. You can imagine that if you are carrying a baby and all that load is being placed on your lower back, it stands to reason there’s going to be more stress, more strain on the back, and more strain on the muscles.
It’s very difficult to treat because you obviously have to be concerned about the baby and you don’t want to do anything to endanger the baby and that’s why it’s very, very important that if women are thinking about getting pregnant, they need to make sure their muscles are in tip-top shape before they become pregnant.
About Dr. Wang, M.D.:
Dr. Jeffrey Wang, M.D., is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He specializes in all spine disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins, and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves.
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