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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015;28(4):731-7. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140575.

Beliefs about low back pain: Status quo in Indian general population.

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1
Dr D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune, India.
2
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Low back pain (LBP) is a major public health problem and is the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability. Various bio-behavioral factors which can be associated with disability due to LBP have been identified. When considering these factors associated with LBP, beliefs that people hold are among the most important factors to consider.

OBJECTIVE:

To find out the prevalence of LBP among the general population and to investigate their beliefs towards LBP.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey of the general population was conducted. Demographic information and information on beliefs regarding low back pain was gathered from 921 individuals. The respondents were asked to rate their agreement with 7 statements, corresponding to Deyo's 7 myths.

RESULTS:

75% of the population reported lifetime prevalence of LBP. Regarding the beliefs about LBP, general population exhibited diverse attitudes. Out of 7 myths explored, 3 myths were found to be dead and buried in more than 50% of the sampled population. However, 4 out of 7 myths still exist among the population.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prevalence of Low Back Pain was found to be high among the general population sampled and also myths regarding LBP still exist among them.

KEYWORDS:

Bio-behavioral factors; bio-psychosocial model; disability; kinesiophobia; low back pain; myths

PMID:
25502346
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-140575
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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