Effect of a structured antenetal physiotherapy program on back pain

Agrawal, Neha and Raja, Kavitha and Pereira, Daphne (2009) Effect of a structured antenetal physiotherapy program on back pain. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 3 (2). pp. 34-36.

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Objective To assess the effect of a structured, antenatal exercise program on low back pain during pregnancy, in primi and second gravidae. Methods Twenty-six low risk pregnancies with no previous or present history of back pain were identified at 20 weeks gestation and were randomly assigned into experimental and control group for 20 weeks. The experimental group received specific exercises and ergonomics. The control group received only ergonomic advice. Intensity of backpain was assessed at eight intervals during the course of pregnancy with Visual Analog Scale. Mann-Whitey test was used to assess the differences between both the groups. Results The specific exercise group, after intervention showed statistically and clinically significant lower pain intensity when compared to the group that received only ergonomic advice. Conclusion A structured antenatal exercise program begun early during pregnancy, and before the onset of backpain, can significantly reduce the intensity of pain experienced during the course of pregnancy and postpartum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antenatal, physiotherapy, exercise, pregnancy, backpain.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 May 2012 04:34
Last Modified: 15 May 2012 04:34
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76404

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