Pain Clinic, vol.15, no.2, pp.167-172, 2003 (Scopus)
Introduction: Forward bending, rotation, lifting, carrying, pulling and pushing during bathroom activities, dressing, transferring, feeding, etc. increase stress on structures in the back and neck of mothers caring for disabled children. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of independence level of children with muscular dystrophies on their mother's low back pain. Methods: Thirty mothers who had children with muscular dystrophies were included in this study. They were divided two groups as mothers of nonambulatory (group 1) and ambulatory (group 2) disabled children. To investigate the activities of daily living the WeeFIM scale was used; to investigate the functional status the Broke Scale was used. Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale (QBPDS) was used to measure disability and a visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to measure pain in mothers. Results: The QBPDS scores of mothers were higher in group 1 (36.13 ± 17.9) than in group 2 (20.8 ± 14.87). There was positive correlation between QBPDS, pain duration, and VAS, in group 1. In group 2, QBPDS score was correlated only with the age of the mother.