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Diastasis of symphysis pubis and labor: Systematic review

Alicia M. Urraca-Gesto, PT, et al.

Symphysis pubis diastasis (SPD) is an infrequent complication of labor that can impair womens’ general health through failure of the stability of the pelvis. Although conservative approaches are often used to treat SPD, notably few studies have analyzed the effect of these methods in managing the symptoms of women with SPD. This study reviewed the available literature on the conservative treatment of SPD. Although the overall results of conservative treatment were unclear because of the type and design of the reviewed studies, most of the studies reported bed rest and a pelvic girdle as basic treatments. Additionally, the few clinical trials reviewed recommended additional physiotherapy, including strengthening and stabilizing exercises, to reduce SPD symptoms.

Volume 52 Number 6, 2015
   Pages 629 — 640

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Urraca-Gesto MA, Plaza-Manzano G, Ferragut-Garcías A, Pecos-Martín D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Romero-Franco N. Diastasis of symphysis pubis and labor: Systematic review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(6):629–40.

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