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The purpose of this case study is to determine the effects of core stabilization and pelvis mobility training for a 28-week pregnant female to improve function and decrease pain.

Low back pain during pregnancy is a common occurrence that affects a majority of the population.1 Over the five treatment sessions, the patient was able to tolerate a full ten-hour work shift and sleep through the night. She also showed improvements in muscle strength and flexibility. As seen in non-pregnant females, the patient was able to have a decrease in pain and improvement in function with these techniques.4

Publication Date

Fall 2018


St. Augustine, FL


Low Back Pain, Sciatic Nerve, Pelvis, Pregnancy, Exercise Therapy


Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Presented at the Fall 2018 Research Day on the St. Augustine, FL, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.


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Core Stabilization and Pelvic Motility Training for a 28-week Pregnant Female with Low Back Pain and Sciatic Nerve Pain