Diastasis recti abdominis - a review of treatment methods

Ginekol Pol. 2018;89(2):97-101. doi: 10.5603/GP.a2018.0016.


Diastasis recti abdominis is a condition in which both rectus abdominis muscles disintegrate to the sides, this being ac-companied by the extension of the linea alba tissue and bulging of the abdominal wall. DRA may result in the herniation of the abdominal viscera, but it is not a hernia per se. DRA is common in the female population during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. There is a scant knowledge on the prevalence, risk factors, prevention or management of the abovemen-tioned condition. The aim of this paper is to present the methods of DRA treatment based on the results of recent studies.

Keywords: conservative treatment; diastasis recti abdominis; physiotherapy; surgical treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Conservative Treatment*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Prolotherapy
  • Prune Belly Syndrome / therapy*

Supplementary concepts

  • Diastasis Recti And Weakness Of The Linea Alba