“The majority of women recover from pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain within 3 months of delivery,” explain the authors of a new study. “Since biomechanical and hormonal changes from pregnancy are largely reversed by 3 months postpartum, consequently, it is assumed that other factors might interfere with recovery.”
The investigators looked at 272 women at 3 months postpartum. In total, 33% had lumbopelvic pain. Of these, 40% reported moderate to severe disability. “Pain intensity, HRQL [Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire] and kinesiophobia explained 53% of postpartum disability due to lumbopelvic pain.”
“In conclusion, one of three postpartum women still had some lumbopelvic pain and the impacts were equivalent irrespective of symptoms in lumbar or pelvic areas. The additional explanations of variance in disability by HRQL and kinesiophobia were minor, suggesting that pain intensity was the major contributing factor.”
European Spine Journal – March 2011;20:408-13.