- Exercise can significantly reduce postpartum lumbopelvic pain (LPP).
Why this matters
- LPP affects 45% of pregnant women and 25% of postpartum women, reducing their activity levels and QoL.
- Researchers studied women with postpartum LPP (n=68), randomly assigning them either to stabilization exercise focused on strengthening the transverse abdominis and pelvic floor muscle, or general exercise 3 times a week for 8 weeks.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Both the stabilization and general exercise groups experienced similar levels of pain relief.
- Pelvic floor muscle and transverse abdominis activity improved more after stabilization vs general exercise (P<.05>
- The study had a small sample size with a short follow-up, and included only women without urinary incontinence.