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Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy - An International Journal
Year : 2014, Volume : 8, Issue : 1
First page : ( 210) Last page : ( 214)
Print ISSN : 0973-5666. Online ISSN : 0973-5674.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0973-5674.8.1.040

Correlation between Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and Lumbopelvic Pain and Dysfunction

Dalal Khushboo, B.P.T., Kaur Amrit, Assisstant Professor, Mitra Mahesh, Professor and Principal

NDMVP College of Physiotherapy, B/15 Ashok Pride, Behind Satyam Sweets, Govind Nagar, Nashik

Online published on 23 January, 2014.


The purpose of this study is to examine the clinical assumption that a Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, when left untreated may leave the woman predisposed to lumbo-pelvic pain.


To find whether there would be a significant difference in some or all of dependant measures for lumbo-pelvic pain & dysfunction between those with Diastasis Rectus Abdominis. It was hypothesized that there would be a greater incidence of DRA among patients seeking physical therapy intervention for any of the specified lumbo-pelvic pain.

Method and Measures

Subjects (n=30; PG) included women seeking medical care for lumbar or pelvic area diagnoses (>18 years old) who had delivered at least one child. Subjects completed the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory, Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, Visual Analog Scales (VAS) for pain. Diastasis Rectus Abdominis measurement was taken. Correlation test (p ≤ 0.05) was performed to verify the relationship between Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and lumbopelvic pain and dysfunction.


The incidence for the DRA was 83.33%.


Women with a DRA tend to have a higher degree of lumbo-pelvic pain.



Diastasis Rectus AbdominisLumbo-Pelvic PainDysfunction.


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