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Type: Journal article
Title: The prevalence of recalled low back pain during and after pregnancy: a South Australian population survey
Author: Stapleton, D.
MacLennan, A.
Kristiansson, P.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2002; 42(5):482-485
Publisher: Australian NZ J Obstet Gynaec
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0004-8666
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David B Stapleton, Alastair H MacLennan, Per Kristiansson
Abstract: Objective To determine the prevalence of low back pain during pregnancy (LBPP) in an Australian Results population. Design A representative population-based survey of women aged 15 years and older. Setting and sample Four thousand four hundred randomly selected South Australian households were visited by trained surveyors who interviewed 1531 women (69.7% response rate) using pre-tested questions. Methods The South Australian Health Omnibus survey was utilised. Main outcome measures Demographic data were collected along with details of previous pregnancies, and degree of back pain during pregnancy, treatment regimens, and persistence of back pain. Results Thirty-five and a half per cent of women recall having at least moderately severe back pain during pregnancy. Women who reported such back pain were younger, were more likely to report ill health and be unemployed. Increasing parity was not associated with current back pain. The most commonly used treatments were bed rest, pain killing medication, physiotherapy, and chiropractic treatment. Half of those with symptoms were untreated. Sixtyeight per cent of women who experienced moderate or worse low back pain during pregnancy continued to experience recurring low back pain with a self reported reduction in their health. Conclusions Chronic low back pain is commonly associated with an onset in pregnancy subjectively contributing to long-term morbidity. The high prevalence may be an underestimate in view of the potential for recall bias in older women.
Keywords: Humans
Low Back Pain
Pregnancy Complications
Chronic Disease
Population Surveillance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
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DOI: 10.1111/j.0004-8666.2002.00482.x
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