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Posted - 02/21/2006 :  15:22:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been seeing a patient for about 3 weeks now who is now about 6 months pregnant. She developed low back pain and sciatica down her R LE about 4 months into her pregnancy. This pain has been gradually getting worse. I have tried everything with her from aquatics, soft tissue mobilization, core stabilization/strengthening, stretching, postural training, and hot packs but have not been succesful. I am a little lost as far as what else I can do to help her manage her sx. Any advise would be deeply appreciated.

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Posted - 02/26/2006 :  22:15:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It sounds like you have done all that you could. My only other suggestion would be a maternity support belt. Maybe this can help take some pressure off her back. Perhaps a TENS unit could help as well. However, I would double check with her doctor and the TENS unit company to make sure this will be safe for the baby. I don't recall if pregnancy was a contraindication for the use of TENS. If you find out, please let me know.

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Posted - 03/29/2006 :  17:10:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pt Guy,
I did end up using TENS for my patient on her back and it has helped her control her pain. She was also able to tolerate therapy better. I talked to MD and did some of my own research and found out that TENS can be used on the back but not around the fetus. The absolute contraindication is for people with cardiac pacemakers. "TENS is not recommended for patients with known heart disease without a physician's evaluation of risk. Also do not stimulate over the eyes or carotid sinus nerves. Do not apply TENS for 1. undiagnosed pain syndromes until etiology is established, 2. electrode placement that causes current to flow transcerebrally (through the head)." (http://www.vitalityweb.com/backstore/tenssafety.htm) & (http://www.electrotherapy.org/contraindications.htm)
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