Low back pain during pregnancy is a common problem with a high prevalence among pregnant athletes. The etiology of pregnancy-related low back pain remains unclear, although more evidence is supporting a biomechanical/musculoskeletal origin. This article will review the causes of low back pain in athletes and pregnant women, differentiate low back from pelvic girdle pain, and discuss the treatment and prevention of pregnancy-related low back and pelvic girdle pain.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Address for correspondence: Megan L. Noon, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).