If you're like many women, you may have experienced intermittent or even severe back pain during pregnancy. Indeed, even the fittest new mothers may not be equipped to carry an extra 20 to 30 pounds (or more) of constantly shifting weight in their midsection for months at a time. The delivery process can sometimes cause spinal and pelvic issues to worsen, especially if you have a long or difficult delivery that requires medical intervention. If you find yourself continuing to deal with moderate to severe back pain even after your baby has begun to crawl or walk, what should you do to regain mobility and limit the amount of discomfort you experience on a day-to-day basis? Read on to learn more about some of your spinal treatment options.

Chiropractic adjustment

Often, your back pain may be caused less by the added weight of your baby and more by the adjustments you naturally made to your walking, bending, and sitting positions while you were pregnant. Some women may overcompensate for the extra weight in their front by arching their backs, which can exacerbate pain and, over time, lead to misalignment of the spine and pelvis.

By having a chiropractic adjustment like a nonsurgical spinal decompression performed, you'll be able to ensure your spine and pelvis are in the proper positions. This can relieve the pain you're currently experiencing and even minimize your risk of future pain if you continue to have periodic adjustments whenever you begin to notice stiffness or discomfort. 

Physical therapy 

Depending upon the severity of your back pain (or prior misalignment), you may also want to spend a few sessions with a physical therapist or trainer to ensure you're carrying yourself and performing daily activities in ways that won't aggravate any pre-existing spinal conditions. After all, it doesn't make much sense to spend time and money on chiropractic treatments if you're going to throw your back out of whack the first time you hoist your child on your hip! 

Spinal decompression surgery

In cases where your back pain is caused by a restricted nerve, spinal decompression surgery may be your best option. This surgery helps release any nerve fibers that are being constricted or pinched by scar tissue, a slipped or misaligned vertebrae, or bone spurs. Because many pregnant women and new mothers find themselves dealing with sciatic nerve pain during this period, releasing scar tissue from around this nerve can often be enough to leave you feeling as good as you did pre-pregnancy.