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J Am Coll Health. 2008 Sep-Oct;57(2):191-5. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.2.191-196.

Psychosocial factors and low back pain among college students.

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Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE AND PARTICIPANTS:

The authors evaluated psychosocial factors of stress and their effects on the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) among a population of college students in a major university in Colorado.

METHODS:

This was a nested cross-sectional study of 973 respondents who completed the National College Health Assessment survey. The authors evaluated a subset of questions pertaining to psychosocial stressors against the presence of LBP.

RESULTS:

The annual prevalence of LBP among the population studied was 42.8%. The stressful psychosocial variables of feeling very sad, exhausted, and overwhelmed were associated with the prevalence of LBP.

CONCLUSIONS:

The prevalence of LBP among this younger population is significant and understudied.

PMID:
18809536
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.57.2.191-196
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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