therapeutic exercise, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain introduction
Affecting up to 65% of the population, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints among women. It is defined as “pain experienced between the posterior iliac crest and the gluteal fold”. Women with PGP have a significantly reduced quality of life, experience higher levels of depression and anxiety, and are 85% more likely to develop recurrent lumbopelvic pain. One in ten women still experience severe consequences due to PGP over a decade postpartum. The pathogenesis of PGP is unknown, though it is thought to be caused by a combination of biomechanical and hormonal factors. Therapeutic exercise (Ther Ex) has been proposed as a non-invasive strategy to combat these factors by increasing joint stability and improving load transferal throughout the pelvis.
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