Many women, and many of our patient’s at Mount Pleasant Spine Center, can attest to the discomfort of back pain that accompanies their menstrual cycle. Often pain is centered along the lower back and accompanies other discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle including abdominal cramps, hormonal fluctuations and headaches among other symptoms. Some of the causes for back pain during the menstrual cycle include:
- Hormonal changes which are taking place. Studies indicate that the hormone prostaglandin, which is the culprit for abdominal cramps experienced during the menstrual cycle, is also responsible for lower back aches and pain as well.
- Endometriosis can also be an influencing factor of back pain during the menstrual cycle. When back pain is associated with endometriosis many patients will find that their symptom of lower back pain increases with age.
- Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID): This refers to an infection or inflammation of the woman’s pelvic region. There are numerous varying causes of pelvic inflammatory disease, however, a common accompanying symptom can be low back pain which becomes worse with the onset of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- Little or no exercise: physical activity is actually shown to decrease the intensity of back pain during a female’s menstrual cycle. Even mild, gentle exercise is one of the best ways we can help combat the symptom of low back pain during our menstrual cycle.
Oftentimes back pain will start a few days before the menses begins and decreases as it ends. Unfortunately, for some women, this pain can be disabling, making it almost impossible to perform normal routines and regular activities of daily living. It has been estimated that three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome, and it is more likely to affect women during their late 20s to early 40s.
Although chiropractic care cannot alter the way your body responds to the hormonal fluctuations that precede menstruation, several studies have shown that it can help decrease many of the symptoms of PMS, including low back pain. A study performed at the National College of Chiropractic, indicated that 88% of women receiving chiropractic treatment reported reduced pain during their menstrual periods compared to women not receiving chiropractic care. At Mount Pleasant Spine Center we have seen positive results in many of the patient’s that come to us with complaints of low back pain during their menstrual cycles.
If you have any questions, or to make an appointment please call our Mount Pleasant office at 843-416-8012.
– By Jodi Kennedy, D.C.