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What is pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome?

Nerve compression syndrome following pregnancy is a result of increased fluid retention in the body. This can occur in different areas and should be identified and treated as soon as possible:
  • Meralgiaparaesthetica: the lateral cutaneous nerve in the groin area is compressed
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS): compression of the median nerve as it passes carpal tunnel in the wrist
  • Brachial plexus: the nerves supplying the arm and hand are compressed
  • Sciatica: compression of the sciatic nerve which runs from the back of the pelvis to the feet

Mobilisations of the hip and pelvis by a specialist massage therapistAbove: Mobilisations of the hip and pelvis by a specialist massage therapist

Symptoms of pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome

There different symptoms that you may experience from nerve compression syndrome after pregnancy. The specialist physiotherapists at will be able to devise a treatment programme to facilitate a successful recovery. Potential symptoms include:

What will physiotherapy involve for pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome?

There are a number of physiotherapy treatments available for nerve compression syndrome following pregnancy. The physiotherapists at will provide you with a comprehensive assessment and then devise an appropriate treatment programme to suit your needs. Physiotherapy may include:


During pregnancy you retain more fluid than normal in the body. Often this fluid is not removed until months after giving birth. This fluid can compress various nerves in the body causing nerve compression syndrome. Nerve compression syndrome can occur in the back of the leg (sciatica), wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), arm (brachial plexus) and groin area (meralgiaparaesthetica). Physiotherapy is very successful at reducing your symptoms of nerve compression syndrome and optimising your recovery. Please call today on 0330 088 7800 to book an appointment. You can also book an appointment online today!

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