The relationship between Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Low Back Pain 17-2

 The relationship between Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Low Back Pain
Anat Vilensky Palgi, Dr. Rachel Kafri


 Affiliation: 'Maccabi Health services'

This review was written as part of the requirements for completing a Master's degree program, Department of Physical Therapy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Introduction: Low Back Pain (LBP) is considered one of the most significant public health problems in all developed countries. The Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) are considered part of the stabilizing system of the Pelvis and Lumbar spine, and play an important role in the control of the Urinary and Fecal systems. The Diaphragm also has an important role in this stabilizing system.
Because of co-activation between PFM and deep abdominal muscles, dysfunction and lack of motor control can lead to a disturbance in load transfer in that area, which can later become a cause of pain.

The purpose of this review is to understand the relationship between PFM function and LBP and to examine whether the inclusion of PFM training as part of LBP intervention can affect treatment outcomes.

Key Words: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Low Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, Non Specific Low Back Pain and Pelvic Floor Muscle



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