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The Prevalence of Recalled Low Back Pain During and After Pregnancy: A South Australian Population Survey

Thirty-five and a half per cent of women recall having at least moderately severe back pain during pregnancy. Women who reported such back pain were younger, were more likely to report ill health and be unemployed. Increasing parity was not associated with current back pain. The most commonly used treatments were bed rest, pain killing medication, physiotherapy, and chiropractic treatment. Half of those with symptoms were untreated. Sixty-eight per cent of women who experienced moderate or worse low back pain during pregnancy continued to experience recurring low back pain with a self reported reduction in their health.

Stapleton DB, MacLennan AH, Kristiansson P.   Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2002 (Nov); 42 (5): 482-485