Physical Therapy in Addition to Standard Care Following C-Section

Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:December 2015
End Date:December 2018
Contact:Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS

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The purpose of this study is to determine whether a physical therapy program which includes
scar management, core retraining, and lumbar and pelvic joint mobilization will
significantly impact the postpartum recovery following Cesarean section during the immediate
postpartum period and during the first 1.5 years following childbirth.

All patients who enroll in the study will receive standard treatment following a C-section
delivery. Subjects will be randomized into one of two groups; one group will receive
physical therapy in addition to standard post C-section treatment, and the other group will
receive standard post C-section treatment with no additional physical therapy. Both groups
will complete questionnaires regarding their pain and recovery from C-section delivery to
determine if there is a difference in recovery between the group receiving physical therapy
and the group not receiving physical therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Caesarean section delivery, English speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

- Heart problems, postpartum eclampsia, any medical issue which contraindicates
exercise, active untreated infection, chronic narcotic use
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Columbia, Missouri 65203
Principal Investigator: Sarah Hwang, MD
Columbia, MO
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