New guideline on pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy
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Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common condition that causes pain and physical impairment, most frequently during the antepartum (before delivery) period. A new guideline for evidence-based physical therapy practice for PGP during pregnancy appears in the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, official journal of the Section on Women's Health (SOWH) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Symptoms of PGP may be severe in 20 percent of women, and in some cases may persist after delivery. Physical therapists play an important role in assessment and management of women with patients with PGP during and after pregnancy.The new guideline makes recommendations for physical therapy management in key areas. Recommendations are ranked by strength of supporting evidence and address specific categories of impairment based on body function, body structure, and activities/participation. Topics include:Risk factors, Clinical course,Examination & diagnosis, Physical therapy interventions...

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