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Study Shows Being a Mom Is a Pain in the Neck (and Back)

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We know the truth: Moms have one of the toughest jobs around, and yes, it's a lot of manual labor.

Some people might not believe us, but now we've got proof!

A study surveyed 2,000 men and women across the U.S.—only 300 of the respondents were moms. Participants were asked about their pain: where it occurred, when it happened, how often and how they dealt with it.

A surprising 84 percent of the moms surveying reported that they experienced muscle or joint pain in the past year, and seven out of 10 of the moms had pain in three or more places. Compared to the other participants, moms were almost 25 percent more likely to experience neck, lower back and shoulder pain at least once a week.

How did the moms treat their pain? Pain medications were the most common treatment, with hot/cold therapies and massage therapy following.

So, the next time someone says that being a mom isn't all that tough, just source this study!

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