Telerehabilitation for pelvic girdle dysfunction in pregnancy during COVID-19 pandemic crisis: A case report

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Abstract

Background: Pelvic girdle dysfunction is a common musculoskeletal disorder among pregnant women. It is a disabling condition affecting the ability of a pregnant woman to perform her daily functional activities. The scope of digital health in delivering rehabilitation services is growing exponentially, especially in the present COVID −19 pandemic crisis. Case description: A 29-year-old primigravida, at 32 weeks of gestation with severe pelvic girdle pain during bed transitions, sought physiotherapy consultation via video call, as she expressed difficulty in accessing Physiotherapy services due to the present pandemic crisis. Physiotherapy consultation was provided in 4 weekly sessions using a real-time video-based telerehabilitation program and the patient performed unsupervised exercise sessions for 30 minutes for 5 days per week for 4 weeks. The plan of care included muscle energy techniques, pelvic cloth belt, strengthening, stabilization exercises and stretching. Outcomes: The patient completed four sessions including evaluation and treatment and there was a reduction of pain scores for bed transitions from NPRS 8/10 during session one to NPRS 0/10 during session four. The Pelvic girdle dysfunction questionnaire showed a decrease in percentage scores from 54.6 to 4 at the end of physiotherapy sessions. Conclusion: Telerehabilitation was successfully used to manage a pregnant woman with pelvic girdle dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysiotherapy Theory and Practice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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