Prevalence of thoracic back pain and disability scores in pregnant women
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Daughty, Melissa, Goetz, Nicole, Meyer, Emily, Omo, Kara and Roman, Dustyna. 2017. Prevalence of thoracic back pain and disability scores in pregnant women--In Proceedings: 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.41
Currently, minimal research identifies the prevalence of thoracic back pain (TBP) during pregnancy. This study aims to identify prevalence of TBP during pregnancy and to determine if there is a significant difference in disability scores between pregnant women with TBP and those with (LBP). A survey was distributed to patients by their Obstetricians during regular check-ups. This survey consists of questions pertaining to thoracic and LBP and disability measures related to back pain. 38% of the 34 respondents (mean age 29.5 years and 24.9 weeks-pregnant) reported TBP; however, 29% of those also reported LBP. Results of an independent t-test done between isolated TBP (n=3) and LBP (n = 7) groups reveal no significant difference in Modified Oswestry 23% and 19% and Neck Disability Index 25% and 21% scores respectively. In conclusion, TBP and disability are prevalent in pregnant women and appropriate interventions to address TBP should be researched and utilized.
Presented to the 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 28, 2017.
Research completed in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions