Pelvic girdle pain: European guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic girdle pain.
Description: 26 page document. This document outlines the optimal diagnostic processes and the most effective treatment for reducing pain and improving disability in people with pelvic girdle musculoskeletal pain, commonly arising with pregnancy, trauma, arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Definitions of pelvic girdle pain and joint stability are discussed, and the prevalence of pelvic girdle pain in the pregnant and non-pregnant populations is outlined. The evidence for the use of various clinical/manual therapy tests to diagnose pelvic girdle pain in both pregnant and non-pregnant populations is discussed and descriptions of the tests are provided in an Appendix. Evidence for other diagnostic examinations such as imaging (CT, MRI, bone scan), injections, pain referral maps and external fixation frames is outlined. Evidence for treatment of pelvic girdle pain is discussed, and includes exercises, manipulation and mobilisation, massage, pelvic belts, acupuncture, pharmacology, SIJ injections, radiofrequency denervation, and surgery. A summary of recommendations is provided on pages 19-20 and details of how recommendations are formed and graded are provided. The guidelines are supported by 155 references.
The University of Queensland
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|Title Annotation:||Appraisal: Clinical Practice Guidelines|
|Publication:||Australian Journal of Physiotherapy|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2008|
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