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Healthcare practitioner utilisation for back pain, neck pain and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy: an analysis of 1835 pregnant women in Australia.
Int J Clin Pract. 2016 Oct; 70(10):825-831.IJ

Abstract

AIMS

Back, neck and/or pelvic pain are common symptoms experienced by pregnant women. Although pregnant women are known to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) frequently, no research to date has provided in-depth examination of healthcare practitioner utilisation of pregnant women who experience back, neck and/or pelvic pain.

METHODS

A sub-study of 1835 pregnant women from the nationally representative Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Demographics, health status and healthcare utilisation measures were analysed for symptoms of back, neck and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy, using regression models.

RESULTS

During their pregnancy, 39.5% women experienced back pain, 12.4% experienced neck pain and 16.3% women experienced pelvic pain. Pregnant women were more likely to consult a massage therapist for their back pain (32.3%) and neck pain (39.9%), and another alternative practitioner (27.3%) or obstetrician (22.1%) for pelvic pain, while some women did not seek treatment (<30%). Women who sought help for each symptom reported significantly worse levels of mental and physical health across most SF-36 domains (P<.05). Women without health insurance, or pregnancy-related healthcare insurance were less likely to seek treatment.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION

Pregnant women experiencing back, neck and/or pelvic pain frequently consult CAM practitioners, particularly if they have healthcare insurance. There is a need for all healthcare practitioners providing maternity care to enquire about possible back, neck and pelvic pain amongst women in their care and be cognisant of possible corresponding CAM use for such symptoms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. jon.adams@uts.edu.au.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27620139

Citation

Sibbritt, David, et al. "Healthcare Practitioner Utilisation for Back Pain, Neck Pain And/or Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy: an Analysis of 1835 Pregnant Women in Australia." International Journal of Clinical Practice, vol. 70, no. 10, 2016, pp. 825-831.
Sibbritt D, Ladanyi S, Adams J. Healthcare practitioner utilisation for back pain, neck pain and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy: an analysis of 1835 pregnant women in Australia. Int J Clin Pract. 2016;70(10):825-831.
Sibbritt, D., Ladanyi, S., & Adams, J. (2016). Healthcare practitioner utilisation for back pain, neck pain and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy: an analysis of 1835 pregnant women in Australia. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 70(10), 825-831. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.12870
Sibbritt D, Ladanyi S, Adams J. Healthcare Practitioner Utilisation for Back Pain, Neck Pain And/or Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy: an Analysis of 1835 Pregnant Women in Australia. Int J Clin Pract. 2016;70(10):825-831. PubMed PMID: 27620139.
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