Diastasis recti risk factors include having multiple births, carrying twins or triplets, having a petite frame prior to getting pregnant, and being pregnant at an age over 35.
Diastasis Recti could be treated with surgery to repair the abdominal tissue and bring it back together. However, these surgeries could lead to complications with further pregnancies, and also opens the risk for infection and scar tissue on the abdomen. Also, this surgery is commonly considered a “tummy tuck” and is rarely covered by insurance.
Some women choose to wear an abdominal binder, however, the effects of an abdominal binder are temporary and reverse immediately after the brace is removed. Wearing an abdominal binder or brace can also lead to compensations and cause low back or hip pain.
Our Fort Myers physical therapy can help to treat a diastasis recti by carefully approximating the abdominal muscles and gradually strengthening the core. It’s that simple! Over time, the new strength in our core helps to close the separation.
Not only that, but it helps to prevent it from happening again in the future!
Physical therapy can also help to strengthen the core before or during pregnancy, to help prevent a diastasis recti from occurring in the first place.
Due to the sensitive nature of diastasis recti, inappropriate core strengthening can make the condition worse! All abdominal exercises for diastasis should be guided by a trained professional.
Without being properly treated, a diastasis recti can lead to back pain, constipation, urinary incontinence, or a worsening of the diastasis with future pregnancies.
If the diastasis recti get worse, it can lead to an abdominal hernia, which would need to be repaired with surgery to avoid damage to our internal organs.
Not sure if you have a diastasis recti? Try this quick test at home!
Lie on your back with your knees bent up. Place your hand right above your belly button with your fingers pointing towards your toes. Push in towards your back, gently, and then start to do a sit-up.
If you feel caving in or bulging out beneath your fingers, it may be a separation of your abdominal tissue. Physical therapists typically consider greater than 2-fingers width to be significant, but, any separation should be addressed!
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