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What is pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome?

A variety of nerve compression symptoms can occur during pregnancy due to the increased retention of fluid in the body. These include:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: compression of the median nerve as it passes through an area of the wrist known as the carpal tunnel (CTS)
  • Meralgia paraesthetica: compression of the lateral cutaneous nerve beneath the inguinal ligament in the groin area
  • Sciatica: compression of the sciatic nerve running from the back pelvis area to the feet
  • Brachial plexus: compression of the nerves supplying the arm and hand

Lower vertebrea mobilisation and massage techniques applied by an experienced therapistAbove: Lower vertebrea mobilisation and massage techniques applied by an experienced therapist

Symptoms of pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome

There are a variety of symptoms that you may experience from nerve compression syndromes. The specialist physiotherapists at will be able to help you manage your symptoms and optimise your recovery. Possible symptoms include:

What will physiotherapy involve for pregnancy related nerve compression syndrome?

There are a variety of treatment options for nerve compression syndrome. The physiotherapists at will decide the most appropriate treatments to suit your needs following a thorough assessment. Physiotherapy may include:


When you are pregnant, there is a greater amount of fluid that is kept in the body. This can sometimes put pressure on the nerves causing nerve compression. This commonly occurs in the arm (brachial plexus), groin (meralgiaparaesthetica), leg (sciatica) and wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). The specialist physiotherapists at can provide you with a comprehensive physiotherapy programme to help promote a successful recovery. Please call today on 0330 088 7800 to book an appointment. You can also book appointments online!

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