Water aerobics reduces sick leave due to low back pain during pregnancy

Granath, Aina B., Hellgren, Margareta S.E., and Gunnarsson, Ronny K. (2006) Water aerobics reduces sick leave due to low back pain during pregnancy. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 35 (4). pp. 465-471.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of a land-based, physical exercise program versus water aerobics on low back or pelvic pain and sick leave during pregnancy.

DESIGN: Randomized controlled clinical trial.

SETTING: Three antenatal care centers.

PARTICIPANTS: 390 healthy pregnant women.

INTERVENTIONS: A land-based physical exercise program or water aerobic once a week during pregnancy.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Sick leave, pregnancy-related low back pain or pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, or both.

RESULTS: Water aerobics diminished pregnancy-related low back pain (p=.04) and sick leave due to pregnancy-related low back pain (p=.03) more than a land-based physical exercise program.

CONCLUSIONS: Water aerobics can be recommended for the treatment of low back pain during pregnancy. The benefits of a land-based physical exercise program are questionable and further evaluation is needed.

Item ID: 30750
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6909
Keywords: gymnastics; low back pain; pelvic pain; pregnancy; sick leave
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 01:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis) @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 25%
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