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Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2008;87(2):201-8. doi: 10.1080/00016340701823959.

Regression of pelvic girdle pain after delivery: follow-up of a randomised single blind controlled trial with different treatment modalities.

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Perinatal Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg University, Sweden. helen.elden@vgregion.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

An earlier publication showed that acupuncture and stabilising exercises as an adjunct to standard treatment was effective for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, but the post-pregnancy effects of these treatment modalities are unknown. The aim of this follow-up study was to describe regression of pelvic girdle pain after delivery in these women.

DESIGN:

A randomised, single blind, controlled trial.

SETTING:

East Hospital and 27 maternity care centres in Göteborg, Sweden.

POPULATION:

Some 386 pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain.

METHODS:

Participants were randomly assigned to standard treatment plus acupuncture (n=125), standard treatment plus specific stabilising exercises (n=131) or to standard treatment alone (n=130).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURES:

pain intensity (Visual Analogue Scale).

SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURE:

assessment of the severity of pelvic girdle pain by an independent examiner 12 weeks after delivery.

RESULTS:

Approximately three-quarters of all the women were free of pain 3 weeks after delivery. There were no differences in recovery between the 3 treatment groups. According to the detailed physical examination, pelvic girdle pain had resolved in 99% of the women 12 weeks after delivery.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study shows that irrespective of treatment modality, regression of pelvic girdle pain occurs in the great majority of women within 12 weeks after delivery.

PMID:
18231889
DOI:
10.1080/00016340701823959
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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