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The efficacy of physiotherapy for the prevention and treatment of prenatal symptoms: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, March 2015
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Title
The efficacy of physiotherapy for the prevention and treatment of prenatal symptoms: a systematic review
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International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, March 2015
DOI 10.1007/s00192-015-2684-y
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Marijke Van Kampen, Nele Devoogdt, An De Groef, Annelies Gielen, Inge Geraerts

Abstract

Several studies have described the evidence of prenatal physiotherapy for one symptom, but none has made an overview. We provided a systematic review on the effectiveness of prenatal physiotherapy. A full search was conducted in three electronic databases (Embase, PubMed/MEDLINE and PEDro), selecting randomized controlled trials concerning prenatal physiotherapy. Methodological quality was assessed using the PEDro scale. We identified 1,249 studies and after exclusions 54 studies were included concerning the evidence of prenatal physiotherapy. The majority of studies indicated a preventative effect for low back pain/pelvic girdle pain, weight gain, incontinence, and perineal massage. For leg edema, fear, and prenatal depression, the efficacy was only based on one study per symptom. No preventative effect was found for gestational diabetes, while literature concerning gestational hypertensive disorders was inconclusive. Regarding the treatment of low back pain/pelvic girdle pain and weight gain, most therapies reduced pain and weight respectively. Evidence regarding exercises for diabetes was contradictory and only minimally researched for incontinence. Foot massage and stockings reduced leg edema and leg symptoms respectively. Concerning gestational hypertensive disorders, perineal pain, fear, and prenatal depression no treatment studies were performed. The majority of studies indicated that prenatal physiotherapy played a preventative role for low back pain/pelvic girdle pain, weight gain, incontinence, and pelvic pain. Evidence for the remaining symptoms was inclusive or only minimally investigated. Regarding treatment, most studies indicated a reduction of low back pain/pelvic girdle pain, weight gain, incontinence, and the symptoms of leg edema.

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Unknown 163 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 38 23%
Student > Master 31 19%
Student > Postgraduate 17 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 9%
Other 28 17%
Unknown 19 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 60 37%
Nursing and Health Professions 49 30%
Psychology 10 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 3%
Sports and Recreations 5 3%
Other 11 7%
Unknown 23 14%

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