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Pain Pract. 2010 Jan-Feb;10(1):60-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2009.00327.x. Epub 2010 Oct 26.

Pelvic girdle pain and low back pain in pregnancy: a review.

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Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK.


Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and pregnancy-related low back pain (PLBP) are common problems with significant physical, psychological, and socioeconomic implications. There are several management options that are underutilized because of lack of comprehensive knowledge by health-care professionals and fear of harmful effects of treatment on the developing fetus. Interventions such as patient education, the use of pelvic belts, acupuncture, and aquatic and tailored postpartum exercises can be of some benefit to these patients. This article will focus on the diagnosis and management of PGP and PLBP, with discussion of terminology, epidemiology, risk factors, pathophysiology, and prognosis.

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