Pelvic girdle pain and lumbar pain in pregnancy: a cohort study of the consequences in terms of health and functioning

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Mar 1;31(5):E149-55. doi: 10.1097/01.brs.0000201259.63363.e1.


Study design: A cohort study in pregnancy.

Objectives: To differentiate between pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) and lumbar pain, and to study the prevalence of each syndrome and its consequences in terms of pain, functioning, and health.

Summary of background data: When studying prevalence, etiology, and consequences, differentiation between PPGP and lumbar pain is important, and, to our knowledge, its consequences for functioning and health during pregnancy have not previously been studied.

Methods: All women answered questionnaires (demographic data, EuroQol). Women with lumbopelvic pain completed the Oswestry Disability Index, pain intensity measures, in addition to undergoing a mechanical assessment of the lumbar spine, pain provocation tests, and active straight leg raising test.

Results: Of 313 women, 194 had lumbopelvic pain. The PPGP subgroup comprised 54% of those women with lumbopelvic pain, lumbar pain 17%, and combined PPGP and lumbar pain 29%. Women having both PPGP and lumbar pain reported the highest consequences in terms of health and functioning.

Conclusions: Pain intensity, disability, and health measurements differentiate subgroups of lumbopelvic pain in pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cohort Studies
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Low Back Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pelvic Pain / epidemiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology
  • Pelvic Pain / physiopathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology
  • Puerperal Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Puerperal Disorders / etiology
  • Puerperal Disorders / physiopathology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden / epidemiology