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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Mar;84(3):180-92.

Musculoskeletal aspects of pregnancy.

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  • 1Rehabilitation Center, Spaulding and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA.


Sex-specific care of musculoskeletal impairments is an increasingly important topic in women's health. This is clinically relevant and of paramount importance as it pertains to diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and peripheral neurologic disorders of pregnancy and the puerperium. It is estimated that virtually all women experience some degree of musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy, and 25% have at least temporarily disabling symptoms. This review provides information on common pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, including a discussion of anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of these disorders.

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