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Do people with an ileostomy have a different back pain experience to those with a colostomy A postal survey in Northern Ireland

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Wilson, Iseult, Kerr, Daniel Paul and Lennon, Sheila (2010) Do people with an ileostomy have a different back pain experience to those with a colostomy A postal survey in Northern Ireland. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32 (22). pp. 1847-1854. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.3109/09638281003734490


Background. The abdominal muscles play a vital role in lumbar stability. The stoma surgery creates a permanent flaw in the abdominal wall and this may increase the risk of low back pain for people with a stoma. Purpose. To determine whether there was a difference in back pain experience between the two stoma groups: ileostomy and colostomy. Method. A postal questionnaire sent to people in Northern Ireland with an ileostomy or colostomy. Results. Over half (56.7%, n¼417) had back pain in the last 6 months and the primary perceived cause was the stoma surgery. There was a statistically significant deterioration in functional activities in those with back pain when ‘today’ was compared with ‘before surgery’. Those with a colostomy had generally poorer outcomes in respect of pain and disability, than those with an ileostomy. Conclusion. Low back pain in people with a stoma is a real and complex issue, especially as there are significant differences between those with an ileostomy when compared with people with a colostomy. Many factors are likely to contribute to a person developing low back pain, not least, the underlying reason for the surgery and the surgical procedure itself.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Low back pain, ileostomy, colostomy, stoma
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:20837
Deposited By:Dr Iseult Wilson
Deposited On:04 Apr 2012 11:33
Last Modified:04 Apr 2012 11:33

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