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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;23(6):1236-1241.
Musculoskeletal Problems in Pregnancy.
Kwon, Yong Wook , Choi, Jong Chul , Lee, Jongmin , Sim, Jae Chul
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dongguk University College of Medicine.
2Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dongguk University College of Medicine.
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동국대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실 및 1산부인과학교실

To investigate the frequency, nature and risk factors of musculoskeletal problems in pregnancy.

We obtained the information through a questionnaire and physical examination of full-term (gestational age over 38 weeks) pregnant women. Prevalence, onset time, severity and risk factors of musculoskeletal problems were analyzed.

Among the 70 pregnant women, 37 women (53%) complained of low back pain which was the most common musculoskeletal problem in pregnancy. Other problems were hand symptoms (31%), lower extremity joint pain (31%), leg cramp (29%), chest pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. Previous history of low back pain was significantly correlated with the occurrence of low back pain in pregnancy. Weight gain during pregnancy and amount of time of housework during pregnancy were significantly correlated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnant women suffering from leg cramp were significantly old in age.

Prevalence of musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy was relatively high and several risk factors were related with occurrence of those problems. So, prophylactic risk factor control would be necessary to reduce musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy.

Key Words: Pregnancy, Musculoskeletal problem, Low back pain, Risk factor


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