Is New Onset of Knee Pain Normal During Pregnancy?

May 6, 2021

By Effie Koustas, MSPT

The most common diagnosis that I treat in my pre and post-natal population is Sacro iliac dysfunction. This is primarily due to the ligament laxity that happens during pregnancy. However, because our bodies are changing in several ways, the combination of weight gain, antalgic gait and poor posture can contribute to increase in knee pain.

According to a recent study published at Mass General Hospital (published on The Physician and Sports Medicine, April 13, 2021): A: “There is 1.9x greater odds of severe knee dysfunction in pregnant women with obesity and B: There is 2.6x greater odds of severe knee dysfunction in pregnant women. Yet little information is available regarding the need for orthopedic care in pregnant women who wish to continue fitness and athletic activities, particularly at high level.”

If you or someone you know suffers from sudden onset of knee pain, especially during the beginning of their pregnancy, it would be beneficial to have it looked at by a pre and post-natal specialist. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Effie Koustas, MSPT. 603.644.8334


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