A historical perspective on pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain

J.M. Bastiaanssen, R.A. de Bie, C.H.G. Bastiaenen-Heuts, G.G.M. Essed, P.A. van den Brandt

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Abstract

The growing interest in pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain has invoked research projects to this subject. Although it seems a modern syndrome, historical articles show that pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) was already known centuries ago. The. purpose of the present article is to provide a summary review of performed studies on pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. Remarkably, these studies show large differences in results with regard to, for example, incidence rates and relevant etiologic factors of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. These differences can be explained by the use of different definitions and descriptions of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain between studies. In conclusion, it is necessary to search for an evidence-based overall definition of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain in order to provide more knowledge about incidence rates, etiologic factors and other related subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume120
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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