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J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Jun;11(3):459-64.

Complementary and alternative medicine for low-back pain in pregnancy: a cross-sectional survey.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06518, USA. shu-ming.wang@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify common treatments used for low-back pain (LBP) during pregnancy.

DESIGN:

A two-part anonymous survey.

SETTING/LOCATION:

New Haven, Connecticut.

SUBJECTS:

Pregnant women and providers of prenatal health care (nurse educators, nurse midwives, and obstetricians).

RESULTS:

We found that the majority of pregnant women who participated in our survey (61.7%) reported that they would accept complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy as treatment for LBP during pregnancy. Similarly, 61% of providers of prenatal health care in our sample reported that they would consider using CAM as treatment for LBP during pregnancy. Massage (61.4%), acupuncture (44.6%), relaxation (42.6%), yoga (40.6%), and chiropractic (36.6%) were the most common CAM therapies recommended for LBP in pregnancy by the providers of prenatal health care in our sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

This two-part survey study found that both providers of prenatal health care and pregnant women in New Haven county are likely to use CAM treatments for pregnancy-induced LBP. Further investigation should focus on whether it is a nationwide phenomenon, as well as if various CAM therapies are an efficacious treatment for LBP during pregnancy.

PMID:
15992230
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2005.11.459
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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