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  • Jan Perkins MSc,

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    1. Jan Perkins is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Central Michigan University. She received a diploma in physiotherapy from the British Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, a BSc in physical therapy and an MSc from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of the Women's Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
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  • Roger L. Hammer PhD,

    1. Roger L. Hammer is an associate professor and the division director of exercise science at Central Michigan University. He received his PhD in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He is a certified member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has conducted research studies involving exercise in women's health and fitness for twelve years.
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  • Peter V. Loubert PhD, PT, ATC

    1. Peter V. Loubert is an associate professor of physical therapy at Central Michigan University MI. He received a BS in physical therapy as well as a PhD in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a National Athletic Trainers'Association Certified Athletic Trainer.
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Back pain is a common complaint of women during pregnancy. It is frequently dismissed as trivial and inevitable. This article gives an overview of recent research on pregnancy-related back pain that documents the impact of this pain on women's lives, during and beyond the childbearing year. It argues for a more active approach to the prevention and management of back pain during pregnancy. Two common back pain types, lumbar pain and posterior pelvic pain, are described and basic management techniques for the woman and her primary caregiver are suggested. Red flag findings that necessitate specialist referral are also highlighted, as are suggestions for further research.