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The effect of exercise on the intensity of low back pain in pregnant women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15733880     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of exercise during pregnancy on the intensity of low back pain and kinematics of spine. METHOD: A prospective randomized study was designed. 107 women participated in an exercise program three times a week during second half of pregnancy for 12 weeks and 105 as control group. All filled a questionnaire between 17-22 weeks of gestation and 12 weeks later for assessment of their back pain intensity. Lordosis and flexibility of spine were measured by Flexible ruler and Side bending test, respectively, at the same times. Weight gain during pregnancy, Pregnancy length and neonatal weight were recorded. RESULT: Low back pain intensity was increased in the control group. The exercise group showed significant reduction in the intensity of low back pain after exercise (p<0.0001). Flexibility of spine decreased more in the exercise group (p<0.0001). Weight gain during pregnancy, pregnancy length and neonatal weight were not different between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Exercise during second half of the pregnancy significantly reduced the intensity of low back pain, had no detectable effect on lordosis and had significant effect on flexibility of spine.
A Garshasbi; S Faghih Zadeh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2005-01-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-28     Completed Date:  2005-06-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shahed University, Faculty of Medicine, 1481973411 Tehran, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Low Back Pain / physiopathology,  prevention & control*
Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
Pregnancy Trimester, Second
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Prospective Studies
Spine / physiopathology

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