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Post-partum management of severe pubic diastasis.

INTRODUCTION: Pubic symphysis diastasis during pregnancy is a rare complication which can present as pain with ambulation, urinary dysfunction, and pelvic instability. A consensus treatment does not currently exist between surgical and conservative management. The authors present a case of severe pubic diastasis which was successfully treated using a conservative pelvic binder.

CASE REPORT: A 31-year-old female presented with severe lower back pain following the uneventful delivery of her fourth child. On radiograph, a pubic symphysis diastasis of 5.5 cm was noted and she was subsequently fitted with a pelvic binder on post-partum day 3. She experienced a full range of motion and was pain free at six-week follow-up, with a diastasis of 2.1 cm present. At one year and three-month follow-up, the patient presented with a diastasis of 2.4 cm and continued to have full range of motion and mobility.

CONCLUSION: This case contributes to the literature in showing that conservative treatment of pubic diastasis could be considered in cases where separation has exceeded normal physiologic limits.

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