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Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) is a common musculoskeletal problem for women during pregnancy and after delivery. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of integrated training for pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) and stabilization with and without transabdominal ultrasonography (TAUS) imaging-guided biofeedback on pain, disability, and physical function, and muscle functions for the abdominal muscles and PFMs in postpartum women with PPGP.

Clinical Trial Description

Many women have pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP), and about 30% with PPGP women still complain of pain after 1-year postpartum. Both physical and mental functions of PPGP women are impaired. Pelvic stabilization exercise with pelvic floor muscle training is believed to be effective for reducing pain and improved pelvic stability. However, intervention studies on PPGP women is limited and current evidence are controversial. Incorrect pelvic floor muscle activations may be partly contributed to these results. One previous study has showed about 60% of women cannot activate pelvic floor muscles correctly. Transabdominal sonography-guided biofeedback by observing bladder movements is no-invasive and benefit learning correct muscle contraction. Therefore, the main purposes for this study are to investigate the effects of pelvic stabilization training using transabdominal sonography-guided biofeedback in postpartum women with PPGP. A total of 50 postpartum PPGP women will be randomized into one of the two groups: (1) biofeedback group, (2) exercise group, (3) control group, and (4) health group. Subjects in the biofeedback group and exercise group will perform the same exercise training for 8 weeks except the subjects in the biofeedback group will receive transabdominal sonography-guided biofeedback of bladder movement for the first 4 weeks. The outcome assessment will include the muscle thickness of abdominal muscle and pelvic floor muscle control, functional performance of ASLR fatigue task, timed up and go and fast walking, pelvic girdle questionnaire (PGQ), and numeric rating scale (NRS). It is anticipated that the biofeedback group will have more improvements that the exercise group. ;

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NCT number NCT05181384
Study type Interventional
Source National Cheng Kung University
Status Enrolling by invitation
Phase N/A
Start date October 15, 2019
Completion date July 31, 2022