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

Shu Ming Wang, Peggy DeZinno, Leona Fermo, Keith William, Alison A. Caldwell-Andrews, Ferne Bravemen, Zeev N. Kain

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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