Despite stories of women experiencing long-term lower-back pain after receiving epidurals during labor, a new study has found no such connection. Researchers at North Staffordshire Hospital in England interviewed more than 300 women approximately two years after giving birth; half had received epidurals, half had not. They found no significant differences between the two groups in spinal mobility, self-reported back pain, or the onset or duration of the pain. "This study puts the anecdotal evidence to rest," says William Camann, M.D., director of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Lower-back pain happens just as frequently with and without epidurals."
Copyright © 2002. Reprinted with permission from the December/January 2003 issue of Child magazine.
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