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Pelvic, lower back pain post child birth. History of back injury. When to visit an orthopedic surgeon?

Hi Dr XXXXX, I just had my second bb delivery on 8/8 via normal birth (no epidural ). After my first baby 2 years ago (epidural), I have experienced pelvic girdle pain continuously, and it worsen during my second pregnancy. After 3 weeks of delivery, I am still experiencing alot of pain at my pelvic area and lower back. i am afraid I may have injured my back since 2 years ago - should I see an orthopedic surgeon now (3 weeks after delivery) or wait for after 6 weeks? Please advise.
Asked On : Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

During normal delivery all pelvic girdle ligaments get stretched resulting in post delivery pain/aches.
I would strongly advice you to wait for 6 weeks as they usually subside with simple pain killers.
Please make sure that the pain killers you use are safe during lactation. Ask your gynaecologist for the same.

If the pain increases or persists after 6 weeks you must visit your physician or an orthopedic surgeon.


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