Pregnancy-related low back pain

Hippokratia 2011; 15 (3): 205-210

P. Katonis, A. Kampouroglou, A. Aggelopoulos, K. Kakavelakis, S. Lykoudis, A. Makrigiannakis, K. Alpantaki


Pregnancy related low back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women. It can potentially have a negative impact on their quality of life. The aim of this article is to present a current review of the literature concerning this issue. By using PubMed database and low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, pregnancy as keywords, abstracts and original articles in English investigating the diagnosis treatment of back pain during pregnancy were searched and analyzed Low back pain could present as either a pelvic girdle pain between the posterior iliac crest and the gluteal fold or as a lumbar pain over and around the lumbar spine. The source of the pain should be diagnosed and differentiated early. The appropriate treatment aims to reduce the discomfort and the impact on the pregnant woman’s quality of life. This article reveals the most common risk factors, as well as treatment methods, which may help to alleviate the pain. Some suggestions for additional research are also discussed.