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Volume 26

October - December 2010

Number  4


 

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Prevalence of low back pain among a group of
Turkish men and its effect on quality of life

Alaettin Unsal1, Mustafa Tozun2, Unal Ayranci3

ABSTRACT

Objective: To assess the prevalence of Low back pain (LBP) in a Turkish male population, and its impact on their Quality of Life (QoL).

Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study conducted on people aged 30 years and above in a western town of Turkey between July, 1st and Aug., 31st 2009. The questionnaire included information about the participantsí sociodemographic characteristics; information concerning the LBP, and the SF-36 Quality of Life Scale (SF-36) form. The statistical analysis was carried out using Chi-square (x2), studentís t test, and One-Way ANOVA test, with a value of p<0.05 statistically significant.

Results: The prevalences of obesity and LBP were 17.1% and 46.3%, respectively. The mean scores for subjects with LBP from all the domains in the SF-36 scale were significantly lower than those of subjects without LBP (p<0.05, per one). The prevalence of those with mechanical LBP was 78.7% and that of those with non mechanical was 21.3%. In all the domains of SF-36, as the severity of LBP increased, the scores received from the domains of SF-36 showed decrease (p<0.05, per one).

Conclusion: Low Back Pain (LBP) is very common among men, especially older ages which reduces the quality of life seriously.

KEY WORDS: Low back pain, Quality of life, Men, Chronic pain grade, Prevalence, Severity.

Pak J Med Sci    October - December 2010    Vol. 26 No. 4    930-934

How to cite this article:

Unsal A, Tozun M, Ayranci U. Prevalence of low back pain among a group of Turkish men and its effect on quality of life. Pak J Med Sci 2010;26(4):930-934


1. Alaettin Unsal, MD,
Professor,
Dept. of Public Health, Medical Faculty,
Eskisehir Osmangazi University,
Meselik-Eskisehir, Turkey
2. Mustafa Tozun, MD,
Public Health Specialist Doctor,
Directorship of Odunpazari Community Health Centre,
Merkez-Eskisehir, Turkey
3. Unal Ayranci, MD,
Associated Professor, Family Practitioner,
Eskisehir Osmangazi University,
Medico Social Center,
Meselik-Eskisehir, Turkey

Correspondence:

Unal Ayranci,
Kurtulus Aile Sagligi Merkezi,
Vatan Cd. 9/A Eskisehir,
TURKEY.
E-mail: ayranciunal@yahoo.com

* Received for Publication: May 11, 2010

* Revision Received: July 20, 2010

* Revision Accepted: July 21, 2010



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