Understanding Back Pain

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Marc Darrow, MD There are many structures in the lower back that can cause severe pain. These include muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, joints and discs. For example, the outer rim of the disc can be a significant source of back pain due to its rich nerve supply and tendency toward injury. During our body’s development, […]

Back Pain Before and After Pregnancy

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Perry M. Perretz, DO Pregnant women are notorious for suffering back and joint pains. The hormone called relaxin, produced by the body in the late in pregnancy, is partly responsible for those nagging pains, loosening the ligaments of the body in preparation for the stretching of the pelvis during labor and delivery. After the baby […]

Women, Back Pain, and Hormones

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Ross Hauser, MD During pregnancy, a woman’s body secretes a hormone called relaxin which causes ligaments to loosen in preperation for birth. Ligament laxity is normal during pregnancy. Relaxin’s effects include the production and remodeling of collagen, increasing the elasticity and relaxation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The point is that relaxin has a direct […]