Challenges of the Pregnant Athlete and Low Back Pain

Noon, Megan L. MD; Hoch, Anne Z. DO

Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31824330b6
Spine Conditions
Abstract

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.

Author Information

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: mnoon@mcw.edu).

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine