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J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Mar;58(3):287-93. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000615.

Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Randomized Trial.

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Department of Management Science and Engineering, Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University (Mr Ognibene); Department of Biology (Mr Torres); Department of Radiation Oncology (Mr Ognibene, Mrs von Eyben, Dr Horst), Stanford University School of Medicine, California.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to determine whether chronic low back pain (LBP) might be attenuated through the introduction of a sit-stand workstation (SSW) in office employees.

METHODS:

Participants were randomized to receive a SSW at the beginning or at the end of a 3-month study period. Participants responded to a short survey at the end of each workday and a comprehensive survey at weeks 1, 6, and 12. Surveys consisted of a modified brief pain inventory and the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Forty-six university employees with self-reported chronic LBP were enrolled. Participants who were given access to a SSW reported a significant reduction in current (Pā€Š=ā€Š0.02) and worst (Pā€Š=ā€Š0.04) LBP over time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings support the hypothesis that chronic LBP might be improved by the introduction of a SSW in an office environment.

PMID:
26735316
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000615
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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