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Exercise May Prevent Musculoskeletal Pain During Pregnancy

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:34
A just-published study reveals that many of the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy, including low-back pain, result from overuse injuries that may be prevented with exercise.

The study looked at 15 women in the second half of their last trimester of pregnancy. The women were also evaluated one year after delivery. Three-dimensional gait analysis revealed that during pregnancy the hip abductor, hip extensor and ankle plantar flexor muscles withstood additional stress. However, gait speed, stride length, cadence and joint angles remained unchanged.

The study's authors noted that training programs could keep muscles in condition during pregnancy, reducing the risk of overuse injury. They write: "Physicians caring for pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems should emphasize the value of exercise and conditioning during pregnancy for both preventative and rehabilitative management."

Foti, T; Davids JR.; Bagley A A biomechanical analysis of gait during pregnancy J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 2000 May;82(5):625-32