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. 2005 Jun;11(3):459-64.
doi: 10.1089/acm.2005.11.459.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Low-Back Pain in Pregnancy: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Low-Back Pain in Pregnancy: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Shu-Ming Wang et al. J Altern Complement Med. .

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.

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