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Minerva Ginecologica 2000 March;52(3):69-72

language: Italian

Chronic pelvic pain in the woman and prevalent orthostatic work. Preliminary results of a research carried out on the sanitary staff of the surgical area

Fenga C., Galtieri G., Tripodi A., Granese R., Vazzana C.


Background. The purpose of this research is to estimate the causal and/or pre-existing causal influence of some working factors, such as the standing (position) in pelvic pain syndrome, in relation to the reduction in working performance.
Methods. The research was carried out by means of an inclusive questionnaire, the purpose being to analyse anamnestic and working information. The questionnaire was proposed to a group of female sanitary staff selected in relation to their working activity.
Results. Examination of the questionnaire shows prominently the association between pelvic pain and orthostatic working activity, kept not below 4-6 hours each duty. In fact, 70% of the people selected have reported this mutual relationship.
Conclusions. Working activities in the orthostatic position can produce pelvic pain, whose origin and intensity seem to be related to extended orthostatic working activity. The mechanism by which the upright position can produce an outbreak of pelvicpain in women seems to be linked to the compression on abdominal vessels, with slowing-down and reduction of the hematic uterine discharge.

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