Is Diastasis recti a medical condition?
Yes, Diastasis recti is a medical condition in which the midline abdominal muscles called rectus muscles or six pack muscles separate from each other and the connective tissue that holds them together stretches. It is most commonly seen in pregnant and postpartum women, but can also occur in men and women who have had significant weight loss or abdominal surgery.
Diastasis recti is not usually harmful in and of itself, but it can be associated with a range of symptoms including lower back pain, poor posture, constipation, and instability of core muscles. In severe cases, it can also cause or be associated with any type of hernias.
On our Orange County Diastasis recti center Dr. Iraniha says that diagnosis of Diastasis recti is typically done through a physical exam by a healthcare provider as Dr. Iraniha or a physiotherapist. The separation is measured by the distance between the two sides of the abdominal muscles, usually at or just above the level of the belly button.
Treatment for Diastasis recti may include physical therapy, wearing a support garment, and in some cases, surgery. The choice of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, the patient’s symptoms, and their individual goals and preferences.
Choosing the best surgical option usually depends on the size and extent of diastasis, presence of extra loose skin and excess fat as well as patient’s expectations.
Overall, while Diastasis recti is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have Diastasis recti, especially if you are experiencing symptoms.
At Surgical Oasis Institute the Best Orange County Hernia Repair Center, Dr. Iraniha has expertise in all different surgical options for repairing the Diastasis recti and after a comprehensive evaluation the best option would be offered to the patient. To have in person or virtual consultation, please contact 948-646-8444. Thank you.