DIASTASIS


What is DIASTASIS RECTI ABDOMINIS (DRA)?

⦁ Separation of the rectus abdominis muscle bellies

⦁ Diastasis rectus abdominis is present when the inter-rectus distance (IRD) exceeds normal values

⦁ Pathological diastasis occurs with .2.0-2.7cm width between muscle bellies

Prevalence: 33% at 21 weeks gestation, 60% at 6 weeks post-partum, 46% 6 months post-partum, 33% 12 months post-partum

RISK FACTORS: Age, multiparity, C-section, weight gain, high birth weight, multiple pregnancy, ethnicity, and childbearing.

*Information provided by -Kristina Kehoe PT, DPT

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