Relieving Pregnancy-Related Hip Pain: Julie’s Story

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   Hip Stress On                                        Julie                                   Hip Stress Off

“Shortly into my second trimester, my right hip started giving me problems. I had hip pain that increased in severity depending on what I was doing that day. I am a waitress during the days, and after my shift I would be in so much pain that I had to lay down for the rest of the day. I couldn’t get much done. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to keep my job. My midwife suggested the Baby Belly Band, and sent me to Kevin Hansen for physical therapy. I bought the belly band and wore it every day, but it didn’t seem to help much. Kevin suggested I try his garment, the MaternaLIFT. It has completely taken away my hip pain. It stabilized my hip joints. I can not only keep my job, but pick up extra shifts if I want to. MaternaLIFT has given me my life back. Thanks Kevin Hansen for making this amazing garment! It’s helped me tremendously”

Julie B.

Why is hip pain so common in pregnancy?

Can you feel how your pelvis wants to rock forward / downward in response to your baby’s front loaded weight?

Once your pelvis rotates forward, the ligaments that support its joints slacken, and subsequently your pelvis becomes less stable.   This sets off a “chain reaction” through the body that increases the stress on your low back, pelvis, hips, and legs.

For the hips, with their sockets built directly into the pelvic bones, the forward rotation of your pelvis disrupts the alignment of your hip joints, making you more vulnerable to developing hip pain.

In Julie’s case, it was primary the right pelvic bone that had rotated forward and destabilized. This disrupted the alignment of her right hip joint and made her vulnerable to flare-ups of right hip pain with her busy work schedule as a waitress.

What can you do to get relief?

Here is the protocol our patients use to get relief.

Step 1:  Corrective Exercise + Ice

The corrective exercise is done to reset your upright pelvis and improve the alignment over your hips. The ice is used to help reduce the inflammation over the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments. For our patient’s, we recommended doing the corrective exercise at least twice / day (morning / evening) and then 10 minutes of icing done after their evening exercise.

Step 2:  Add MaternaLIFT support

The use of MaternaLIFT support is added if you are unable to get sustained relief with the corrective exercise. This usually means that your pelvic joints have been destabilized and are unable to “hold” their improved upright position as you function throughout the day. MaternaLIFT helps to support the upright pelvis and is often just what you need to get sustained relief.

This was the case for Julie, we started with the corrective exercise and she was able to get some short term relief following her exercise. However, her right pelvic joints were unstable and were returning to their forward stressed position as she went through her work day. Since she had already purchased the other maternity support, we first tried to use this support to “hold” her improved pelvic position, but it didn’t work. Once she added the use of MaternaLIFT, she was able to maintain her upright pelvis throughout her work day.

Why did Julie respond so much better to the use of MaternaLIFT?

MaternaLIFT is the only maternity support available that directly addresses the underlying cause of her hip pain, the forward rotated pelvis. MaternaLIFT is designed specifically to support the upright pelvis.

To learn more about the protocol our patients use to relieve pregnancy-related hip pain, view our  presentation of the HOME PROGRAM described above.

Please consult directly with your health care practitioner to help develop your care plan to support your upright pelvis and relieve your pregnancy related hip pain.

Kevin Hansen, M.P.T., is an obstetrics physical therapy specialist, who practices in Bellevue, Washington State.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


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