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American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/01.PHM.0000156970.96219.48
Invited Review: Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal Aspects of Pregnancy

Borg-Stein, Joanne MD; Dugan, Sheila A. MD; Gruber, Jane DPT, MS, OCS

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Borg-Stein J, Dugan S, Gruber J: Musculoskeletal aspects of pregnancy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2005;84:180–192.

Sex-specific care of musculoskeletal impairments is an increasingly important topic in women’s health. This is clinically relevant and of paramount importance as it pertains to diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and peripheral neurologic disorders of pregnancy and the puerperium. It is estimated that virtually all women experience some degree of musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy, and 25% have at least temporarily disabling symptoms. This review provides information on common pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, including a discussion of anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of these disorders.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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