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Women Birth. 2008 Dec;21(4):157-63. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2008.08.003. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Intradermal sterile water injections for the relief of low back pain in labour -- a systematic review of the literature.

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  • 1UNSW Rural Clinical School, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. Vikki.Fogarty@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To search literature published on the administration of intradermal sterile water injections to women in labour who experience severe low back pain, and to critically evaluate the evidence for therapeutic merit.

METHOD:

A systematic review of six randomised controlled trials from countries including Canada, Denmark, Iran, Sweden and Thailand was conducted.

RESULTS:

Statistically significant findings (p<0.0001) of relief of low back pain in labour lasting from 10 min to 2 h post-administration.

CONCLUSION:

Intradermal injections of sterile water possess powerful analgesic benefits for women experiencing low back pain in labour and their use in this therapeutic setting is justifiable.

PMID:
18926789
DOI:
10.1016/j.wombi.2008.08.003
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