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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.27 - 2011
ARTICLE – abstract

Association of occupational low back pain, disability and trunk muscle endurance among Indian nurses:
a cross sectional study

Khushboo Singh, Poonam Rani
Institute of Applied Medicines and Research, Merrut University UP, Duhai Ghaziabad, India


The aims of our research was a cross-sectional study on 200 Indian nurses. The purpose of the study was to investigate the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) in Indian nurse, to evaluate disability due to low back pain in nurses, and to compare endurance of the trunk muscles in nurses with and without low back pain. Material and Methods. Subjects screened by means of a structured questionnaire and data regarding prevalence of LBP and associated factors. Two groups were made: group A (symptomatic subjects) and group B (asymptomatic control group). Group A were assessed for associated disability using Modified the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (MOLBPDQ).  Both groups were tested for endurance of back extensor muscles using. Results. A total of 200 subjects were screened for the purpose, 132 subjects were found to have low back pain. From these 132, 40 subjects were evaluated for the purpose to check back extensors endurance. Low back pain group had lower endurance of back extensors when compared to the asymptomatic control group, the difference being statistically highly significant. Conclusion.  There can be significant association of low back pain, disability & trunk muscle muscular endurance. 96.9% of the total subjects had a minimal to moderate disability and only 3% of them had severe disability. Subjects with LBP showed less endurance than the subjects without LBP.
Key words:

low back pain (LBP), disability, muscle endurance

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