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Agri. 2016 Jan;28(1):18-24. doi: 10.5505/agri.2015.74436.

Musculoskeletal system pain and related factors in mothers of children with cerebral palsy.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Derince Training and Research Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Izmir University Faculty of Medicine Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.



The aim of the present study was to identify prevalence of musculoskeletal system diseases and related factors among mothers of children with cerebral palsy.


Eighty-five mothers of children with cerebral palsy were included as the treatment group, and 42 mothers of healthy children were included as the control group. Sociodemographic characteristics of all subjects were recorded. Musculoskeletal system pain was evaluated by the standardized Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire, and level of depression was evaluated according to Beck's Depression Scale.


Musculoskeletal system pain and depression scores of the treatment group were significantly higher than those of the control group. Most frequently reported by mothers in the treatment group was low back pain (44.7%). In multiple regression analysis, number of children, age, and functional level of the child with cerebral palsy, as well as depression level of the mother were identified as independent risk factors for musculoskeletal system pain.


Mothers of children with cerebral palsy are at higher risk for musculoskeletal system pain and depression. Prevalence of musculoskeletal system pain in these mothers, especially those with older children who have lower functional statuses, should be kept in mind.

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