Musculoskeletal & Obstetric Management

What is it?

Musculoskeletal and Obstetric Management is a treatment protocol aimed at preventing or reducing pain during pregnancy.

Early intervention is key for the most success (first and second trimester) however many cases of pain during pregnancy can be successfully managed by Dr. Hickman during any stage of pregnancy.

Who can benefit from this?

Women who are currently pregnant or women who have experienced pain during a previous pregnancy (this is the number one predictor of pain in a future pregnancy).

How does it work?

This management protocol uses a proven combination of stabilization exercises and manual therapy in addition to patient education.

  • In the MOM-study, a team of researchers set out to understand what types of treatments best benefit pregnant women and help reduce their levels of pain. The study, “a randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy,” was published in October 2012 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study showed that women who received care based on the MOM protocol had significantly lower pain scores following their treatments. The women who only received standard obstetric care did not show significant improvements in their lower back and pelvic pain.
  • The results of this study suggest that a multimodal approach – one that combines musculoskeletal care with obstetric care—can be helpful in treating lower back and pelvic pain in pregnant women.

Talk to your healthcare professional or contact us for a consultation or exam about the safest and most effective treatment options for alleviating your back pain during pregnancy. As the MOM study shows, complementary and alternative treatments, like that employed by Dr. Hickman have been proven helpful.

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