NON-SURGICAL DIASTASIS RECTI TREATMENTS
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NON-SURGICAL DIASTASIS RECTI TREATMENT OPTIONS IN LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY
WHAT IS DIASTASIS RECTI?
Diastasis recti is when the left and right sides of the outermost abdominal muscle become separated. These muscles work to provide support for the back and several organs. Strong rectus abdominal muscles keep the core strong and limber. Fibrous connective tissue, known as the linea alba, connects the recti muscles together. When the muscles separate, the tissue often stretches sideways.
WHAT CAUSES THE CONDITION?
All women, men, and even children are at risk of muscle separation. In fact, everyone is born with their abdominal muscles separated. Whether the muscles close is dependent on the amount of force of pressure created by the connective tissue that joins the outermost muscles.
Even if the muscles close, there’s always the risk of separating again, especially if there’s a continuous force on the connective tissue. Force can be caused by various factors, including:
Weight gain in the belly area
Supporting a growing uterus during pregnancy
Improper use of the abdominal muscles during sports or exercises
The most common cause of diastasis recti is pregnancy. However, the condition can be diagnosed in anyone.
Though the condition sounds painful, diastasis recti is usually painless. In some people, the condition can cause discomfort, appearance, and difficulty doing certain activities, such as those that involve the core muscles.
A person with diastasis recti may experience:
Separation that is visible or can be felt
Lower back, hip, and pelvis pain
Poor trunk posture
A weak midsection
Mummy tummy or guy gut
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Gastrointestinal problems (constipation, bloating, etc.)
Another common symptom is doming or tenting in the middle of the stomach. This typically occurs when rolling over in bed or lifting something.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Physician Co-Managed Tupler Technique® Program
An 18-week exercise program with remote training, weekly live webinars, online support, and a bunch of products Progress is monitored by Dr. Shounuck Patel.
Diastasis Recti Abdominis PRP (DRAP)
For patients who already have been doing all the appropriate exercises.
This can also be an option before, during, or after the Tupler Technique® Program
BENEFITS OF PRP INJECTIONS
After undergoing PRP injections, you’ll benefit from:
- Improved posture
- Flat belly and smaller waist
- Relief from gastrointestinal problems
- Improved pelvic floor dysfunction
- Lessened lower back pain
For women who plan to get pregnant in the future, PRP injections used to treat diastasis recti can also provide more effective pushing during labor.
HOW IT WORKS
Creating PRP is simple and painless. It’s an in-office procedure that requires a blood draw that takes no longer than 30 minutes. After your blood is drawn, it’s placed into a centrifuge machine that separates the concentrated platelets from red blood cells. Once separated, the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is ready to be used.
PRP injection process takes no more than an hour, including the separation process above. PRP is collected and injected into the abdominal region to target the linea alba.
Generally speaking, PRP injections aren’t painful. Patients may experience a small amount of pain after the procedure, but the discomfort should subside within a matter of days.