Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Low Back Pain; Pregnancy Complications


Low back pain (LBP) during pregnancy is a frequent complaint and is often considered a normal, nontreatable occurrence. However, much of the LBP of pregnancy can be eliminated with early intervention. Factors such as poor posture, mechanical changes, and relaxation. of ligamentous structures in the spine and pelvis are the most common explanations of low back pain. A careful history and evaluation are essential to identify the etiology and to guide an appropriate treatment. This independent study will be a literature review. Its purpose is to identify some of the causes for LBP during pregnancy and develop guidelines for evaluation and treatment. vii