The epidemiology of back pain in vocational age groups
1999 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, E-ISSN 1502-7724, Vol. 17, no 1, 17-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of back pain in a general population aged between 20 and 59 years.
POPULATION: A representative sample of 2000 individuals from Ostergotland County, Sweden (population 400,000).
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using a questionnaire including the pain drawing.
RESULTS: The observed point prevalence was 28% (95% confidence interval 26-31%). The adjusted prevalence taking into account the non-responders was 23% (21-25%). Lumbar pain with radiation was reported by 40%, while 4% had only cervical pain with radiation. Twelve per cent were on sick-leave due to back pain. Activity of daily life was affected mainly in the group of men aged 40-59 and only in household tasks. The back problems did not affect social activity.
CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of back problems in the vocational ages was found to be 23%. Only small parts of a pain population are on sick-leave or have changed working tasks because of back problems. The distribution of pain in most cases is combined with radiation to extremities and not isolated to a single region. The combination of different localisations shows the pain problem to be more than just a "low back" problem.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. Vol. 17, no 1, 17-21 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26127DOI: 10.1080/028134399750002836Local ID: 10586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26127DiVA: diva2:246675