rectus abdominis diastasis, umbilical and midline hernias
One of the main functions of the abdominal wall is containment.
When the integrity of the various layers that compose it is compromised in a given area, the abdominal content tends to leak from its natural location resulting in what is called a hernia.
Major abdominal wall hernias involve the midline, which is the region most subjected to dynamic and pressor loads.
Very frequently, midline hernias are associated with rectus abdominis diastasis, which is its precursor, weakening the connective fibers of the linea alba.
For a more in-depth discussion of this topic, please refer to the specific chapter: umbilical and midline hernia.