Friday, January 12, 2018
Rapidly Reducing Pregnancy Pain with MDT
"At 24 weeks pregnant, I was referred to Maccio Physical Therapy by my midwife after experiencing intense pain from my pubic symphosis. My pain was unbearable consistently a level ten. I felt there was no hope and the next 16 weeks would be the same. It was hard to get in the car, dress myself, walk and even sit. After my first visit and one simple physical therapy movement, I felt better already. I continued my movement and the results were amazing. My pain lessened, my walk pattern improved and I gained more control back. I am very happy with my experience here at Maccio. My physical therapists were very kind, listening and supportive. Thank you so much!" -Amy
"This patient presented with pelvic girdle pain and low back pain due to pregnancy. As a physical therapy student, we were taught in school to work on strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing exercises for pregnancy patients with back pain which could take 10+ weeks to improve the patient's symptoms. This being my first time treating pregnancy pain, I was expecting this to be a long slow progress of relieving the patient’s symptoms. At the initial evaluation and a thorough MDT assessment, a single movement direction was determined to help treat this patient’s symptoms and I was amazed at how rapid the patient’s pain decreased on day one! If the patient’s pain was treated with traditional physical therapy, treatment most likely would be a longer slower process to minimize the patient’s symptoms. It is very encouraging, as a future physical therapist, to know through MDT, I can help my patients find a way to decrease their symptoms and get back to their life in no time!"
"Over the last several years Maccio Physical Therapy, a Certified McKenzie Clinic, has had the opportunity to work closely with our local Mid-Wife clinics, that began referring women with pregnancy related lower back and pelvic pain. This opportunity has led to a very successful relationship and an 80% success rate in pregnancy related pain, which has previously been dismissed as non-treatable leading to very painful and stressful pregnancy. The use of MDT has been found to be safe and successful in the research and within our patient sample often rapidly effective, causing significant reduction in pain in just 24 hours."
-Joseph R. Maccio DPT, Dip. MDT
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Murphy DR, Hurwitz EL, McGovern EE. Outcome of pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain treated according to a diagnosis-based decision rule: a prospective observational cohort study, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32,8, 2009