Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum

An Evidence-Based Guide for Clinicians

  • Colleen M. Fitzgerald
  • Neil A. Segal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jaclyn H. Bonder, Laura Fitzpatrick
    Pages 69-80
  3. Danielle Sarno, Farah Hameed
    Pages 81-92
  4. Kelly M. Scott
    Pages 93-114
  5. Monica Rho, Fariba Shah, Eziamaka Okafor
    Pages 135-158
  6. Cynthia A. Brincat
    Pages 181-191
  7. Sarah M. Eickmeyer, Dana Seslija
    Pages 193-207
  8. Allison Bailey
    Pages 209-225
  9. Kate E. Temme
    Pages 243-273
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 275-284

About this book


Providing clinicians with a comprehensive, evidence-based summary of musculoskeletal health in pregnancy and postpartum, this is the first book of its kind to describe the physiologic changes, prevalence, etiology, diagnostic strategies, and effective treatments for the most common musculoskeletal clinical conditions encountered during this phase of life. Lumbopelvic pain, upper and lower extremity diagnoses, labor and delivery considerations, including the impact on the pelvic floor, and medical therapeutics will be discussed. Additionally, the importance and influence of exercise in pregnancy, the long-term implications of musculoskeletal health in pregnancy and current and future directions for research will be addressed.

The childbearing period is a time of remarkable reproductive and musculoskeletal change, predisposing women to potential injury, pain, and resultant disability. Musculoskeletal Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum offers musculoskeletal medicine specialists, obstetricians and any clinicians involved in the care of pregnant or postpartum women the tools necessary to prepare for, treat and prevent these concurrent injuries during an already challenging time.


Cesarean section Coccydynia Dyspareunia Hormonal changes in the musculoskeletal system Lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy Musculoskeletal health in pregnancy Musculoskeletal health postpartum Musculoskeletal injury during pregnancy Pelvic floor myofacial pain Pelvic girdle pain Perineal injury Postpartum pain Pubic symphysis pain Pudendal neuropathy Sacral stress Sacroiliac joint pain Vulvodynia

Editors and affiliations

  • Colleen M. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • Neil A. Segal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics & GynecologyLoyola UniversityMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of KansasKansas CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14318-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14319-4
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals