Research Will Test Enhanced Interventions for Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Pain

A new study led by PAINWeek faculty member Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, MS, is underway at Loyola University Health System to determine if an injectable anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy can more effectively treat pregnancy-related pelvic pain than physical therapy alone. Researchers are seeking English-speaking pregnant women between the ages of 21 and 50 who develop certain forms of pelvic girdle pain in their second trimester and who are not currently receiving treatment.

An estimated 45% of pregnant women experience sciatica or pelvic girdle pain. Pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy can lead to significant disability, including postpartum chronic pelvic pain, depression, and an adverse effect on future child-bearing decisions. “No study has been done until now to investigate the effect of anti-inflammatory treatment on women who suffer from debilitating pelvic girdle pain, despite its prevalence,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

Read a news story about the study, with contact information for interested participants, here.

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