The Role of Proprioceptive Deficits and Psychosocial Factors in Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain: a Follow-up Study

  • End date
    Aug 31, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Hasselt University
Updated on 24 January 2021


A large proportion of pregnant women develop pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain (PPGP), which often does not recover spontaneously postpartum. As a result, 10% of women with PPGP still reports complaints a decade after delivery. The prevention and treatment of PPGP are thus crucial. However, the underlying mechanisms of PPGP are still poorly understood. The main objective of this study is to investigate whether lumbar proprioceptive deficits, a disturbed body perception at the lumbar spine and psychosocial factors (incl. pain-related fear of movement, depression, anxiety and stress) are associated with (1) a reduced postural control and (2) the development and/or persistence of PPGP in multiparous women during the first and third trimester of pregnancy, and six weeks and six months postpartum.

Condition Low Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Back Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Diet and Nutrition, Chronic Back Pain, Chronic Diarrhea, Skin Wounds, Chronic Shoulder Pain, Vaginal Atrophy, Adverse Effects, Drugs, Injection Port, Breast Cancer - HER2 Positive, Anal Dysplasia, Primary Immunodeficiency, Pediatric Health, Near-Sighted Corrective Surgery, Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease, Brain Function, Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, Pelvic Girdle Pain, Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae), Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Lower Back Pain, lumbago
Treatment Assessment of postural control, body perception and psychosocial factors
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04226716
SponsorHasselt University
Last Modified on24 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Singleton pregnancy
Pregnant of second child or more than second child
No current PPGP or did not have PPGP during current pregnancy
Willing to provide written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Pregnant for more than 14 weeks
Having current PPGP or having had PPGP during the current pregnancy
History of surgery/major trauma to spine, pelvis and/or lower limbs
Specific balance or vestibular disorders
Spinal deformities
Rheumatic disease
Neurological abnormalities (e
Hyperemesis gravidarum
Acute ankle problems
Pre-existing disorders that could interfere with the course of pregnancy (e.g., hypertension, kidney disease, coagulation disorders)
(A history of) psychiatric disorders
Non-Dutch speaking
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