Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Published by Ohio Physical Therapy Association and APTA of Maryland


This course will bring attention to diastasis rectus abdominis, a condition typically present in pregnant and post-partum women. We will cover the implications of diastasis rectus abdominis as it relates to potential back and lumbo-pelvic stability, potential for pelvic floor dysfunction, and abdominal muscle strength. We will cover ways to assess diastasis rectus abdominis and treatment options as a physical therapist to treat diastasis rectus abdominis. We will cover recent evidence regarding diastasis rectus abdominis.

Learning Objectives
With the presentation, participants will be able to describe:
• Anatomical considerations related to diastasis rectus abdominis
• Risk factors and etiology of diastasis rectus abdominis
• Ways to assess diastasis rectus abdominis
• Treatment and management of diastasis rectus abdominis

Kristina Kehoe, PT, DPT
Kristina Kehoe, PT, DPT works at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Grove City where she treats orthopedic and women’s/men’s health patients. She graduated in 2012 from The University of Akron with a BS in Exercise Science and in 2015 from The Ohio State University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kristina completed a practicum at Ohio State focused on the antepartum and post-partum periods as well as a clinical rotation focusing on women’s...More

Originally Published

August 14, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - Video
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - Handout
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - OSU Article
  • Articles- Mota, Pascoal, Carita, and BO
  • Article - Lee and Hodges
  • Sample Exercise Progression Protocol

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


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