Pain in the lumbar spine and pelvic region is a frequent complication of pregnancy and delivery. The prevalence of pregnancy related low back and pelvic pain (PLBP) varies between 14.2 and 56%. In 6 to 15% the pain is so severe that it impedes daily life activities. The symptoms of PLBP vary widely among patients and time, but the pain is often reported in the sacral area and the region of the symphysis pubis. Sometimes the pain radiates to the groins, thighs, buttocks and coccygeal region. The aetiology of PLBP is still not fully understood, but it is suggested that the sacroiliac joints (SI-joints) play an important role. The diagnosis of PLBP is traditionally based on the patients’ anamnesis and manual examination. However, the value of a lot of these tests is limited because their relation to clinical parameters is questionable or weak. The aim of this thesis is to objectify symptoms in PLBP.

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Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, NWO
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

de Groot, M. (2005, December 15). Objective Measures for Pregnancy Related Low Back and Pelvic Pain. Retrieved from