Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy. Immediate help available!
The pain down the back of the leg that seems to start in your low back or glutes could be sciatica. During pregnancy the changes in pelvic and low back positioning can lead to pressure on nerves in the low back. The lower lumbar spinal nerves form the sciatic nerve. If your lumbar spine misaligns, if you have a bulging or herniated disc or have pressure of any kind on those nerves, you may feel sciatica pain.
Sometimes, sciatica isn’t “real” sciatica. During pregnancy the muscles of your legs and glutes work extra hard. They get tight. If that tension, in the muscle, causes inflammation or pressure enough to compress the sciatic nerve underneath the piriformis muscle, you may have what’s called “piriformis syndrome.” Piriformis syndrome is much less serious than true sciatica pain coming from the low back, and it is often easily managed so that you are no longer suffering with leg and glute pain.
Piriformis syndrome can be helped with trigger point therapy, perinatal chiropractic care and perinatal massage. Stretching and use of a Theracane at home is also very helpful.
For a true sciatica, coming from the lumbar spine, perinatal chiropractic care to relieve pressure on nerves will be your best bet, while also being drug free and potentially setting you up for an easier labor and delivery. One thing is for sure, if you are in pain going into labor and delivery, there’s a greater likelihood that labor and delivery will be harder than otherwise.
Dr. Lou Jacobs is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractic specialist in Portland, Maine. Trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, he works with moms and children all day long. Differentiating between a true sciatica and piriformis syndrome is critical for delivering you the best care for your problem. Dr. Lou can be found on twitter @drloujacobs, on youtube at Mainechiropractor. For immediate help with your sciatica pain, call Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine at (207) 553-7776 or (207) 774-6251.