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Low back pain in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic: The Aminu Kano teaching hospital experience.

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Low back pain in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic: The Aminu Kano teaching hospital experience.

Ann Afr Med. 2017 Jul-Sep;16(3):136-140

Authors: Usman MI, Abubakar MK, Muhammad S, Rabiu A, Garba I

Abstract
BACKGROUND: The profound physiologic effects of pregnancy affect the musculoskeletal system. Pregnant women are at increased risks of low back/pelvic girdle pains.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of low back/pelvic girdle pains among pregnant women.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted from May 1 to June 30, 2016, among consenting pregnant women at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Ethical approval was obtained from the Hospital Ethics Committee. Information was obtained in a questionnaire on consecutive pregnant women. Data obtained were analyzed using SPSS version 18 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2012). Fisher’s exact test was used for categorical data, and P ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
RESULTS: A total of 309 pregnant women were recruited from May 1 to June 30, 2016. The mean age ± standard deviation was 28.4 ± 5.86 years. The incidence of low back pains (LBPs) and pelvic girdle pains among the pregnant women was 106 (34.3%) and 178 (57.6%), respectively. The pain was severe among 26 (9.2%) pregnant women, which warranted analgesic usage. Pain radiation was reported in> 50% of cases. There was an incidental finding of urinary incontinence in 36 (12.6%) cases. Low back/pelvic girdle pain was not associated with body mass index (BMI) (P = 0.390).
CONCLUSION: The incidence of LBPs and pelvic girdle pains was high and found to be 34.3% and 57.6%, respectively. Analgesics were used especially among those with severe pains. There was an incidental finding of urinary incontinence among pregnant women with complaints of low back/pelvic girdle pains. There was no statistically significant association between LBPs and maternal BMI.

PMID: 28671155 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]