Exercise reduces postpartum lower back and pelvic pain

  • Ehsani F & al.
  • Int Urogynecol J
  • 23 Apr 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • 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.

Study design

  • 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.

Key results

  • 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>

Limitations

  • The study had a small sample size with a short follow-up, and included only women without urinary incontinence.

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