Prevalence of Low Back Pain among Physiotherapists Working in Clinics and Hospitals of Islamabad

Prevalence of Low Back Pain among Physiotherapists

Authors

  • Anam Javed Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Saad Tariq Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Tayyaba Jabeen Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Suliman Khan Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Maria Naeem Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Haseeb Muhammad Khan Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Mehwish Waseem Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54393/tt.v4i02.120

Keywords:

Low back pain, work, physical therapists, hospitals, rehabilitation centers

Abstract

Lower back pain (LBP) is a prevailing musculoskeletal condition that affects nearly all individuals at certain point in their lives. Although the majority of individuals with LBP experience temporary pain or disability and rapidly resume normal activities regardless of treatment, a small percentage develop chronic pain and disability. Among those with long-term pain and disability, few return to normal activities after experiencing LBP for more than one year. Despite the lack of discrimination based on gender, race, or work environment, certain professionals, such as physiotherapists, are at a heightened risk of developing LBP. Objective: To determine the prevalence of lower back pain among physiotherapists working in clinics and hospitals of Islamabad. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was performed using demographic data, visual analogue scale (VAS) and OSWESTRY low back disability questionnaire to determine the prevalence of lower back pain among physical therapists working in clinics and hospitals of Islamabad. The study participants were physiotherapists working in Islamabad with age between 23 to 35 years. Data were analyzed by SPSS version-25. Results: A total of 50 physiotherapists participated in the study. Results showed that out of 50 participants, 50% had moderate amount of pain following the mild pain that was 44% and 6% showed no pain measured through Visual analogue pain scale. Conclusions: The present study concludes that low back pain is prevalent among physiotherapists working in clinics and hospitals of Islamabad.

Author Biographies

Anam Javed, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

Saad Tariq, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

 

 

Tayyaba Jabeen, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

Suliman Khan, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

 

Maria Naeem, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

Haseeb Muhammad Khan, Bashir Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

References

Leboeuf-Yde C, Klougart N, Lauritzen T. How Common Is Low Back Pain in the Nordic Population?: Data From a Recent Study on a Middle-Aged General Danish Population and Four Surveys Previously Conducted in the Nordic Countries. Spine. 1996 Jul; 21(13): 1518-25. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199607010-00005.

Skovron ML. Epidemiology of low back pain. Baillieres Clin Rheumatol. 1992 Oct; 6(3): 559-73. doi: 10.1016/s0950-3579(05)80127-x.

Will JS, Bury DC, Miller JA. Mechanical Low Back Pain. American Family Physician. 2018 Oct; 98(7): 421-8.

Molumphy M, Unger B, Jensen GM, Lopopolo RB. Incidence of work-related low back pain in physical therapists. Physical Therapy. 1985 Apr; 65(4): 482-6. doi: 10.1093/ptj/65.4.482.

Bejia I, Younes M, Jamila HB, Khalfallah T, Salem KB, Touzi M, et al. Prevalence and factors associated to low back pain among hospital staff. Joint Bone Spine. 2005 May; 72(3): 254-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2004.06.001.

Biering-Sørensen F. A prospective study of low back pain in a general population. I. Occurrence, recurrence and aetiology. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 1983 Aug; 15(2): 71-9. doi: 10.2340/165019771983157179.

Cromie JE, Robertson VJ, Best MO. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in physical therapists: prevalence, severity, risks, and responses. Physical Therapy. 2000 Apr; 80(4): 336-51. doi: 10.1093/ptj/80.4.336.

Poitras S, Blais R, Swaine B, Rossignol M. Management of work-related low back pain: a population-based survey of physical therapists. Physical Therapy. 2005 Nov; 85(11): 1168-81. doi: 10.1093/ptj/85.11.1168.

Milhem M, Kalichman L, Ezra D, Alperovitch-Najenson D. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physical therapists: A comprehensive narrative review. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. 2016 Jul; 29(5): 735-47. doi: 10.13075/ijomeh.1896.00620.

Holder NL, Clark HA, DiBlasio JM, Hughes CL, Scherpf JW, Harding L, et al. Cause, prevalence, and response to occupational musculoskeletal injuries reported by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Physical therapy. 1999 Jul; 79(7): 642-52. doi: 10.1093/ptj/79.7.642.

Lowery WD, Horn TJ, Boden SD, Wiesel SW. Impairment evaluation based on spinal range of motion in normal subjects. Clinical Spine Surgery. 1992 Dec; 5(4): 398-402. doi: 10.1097/00002517-199212000-00003.

Darragh AR, Huddleston W, King P. Work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders among occupational and physical therapists. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2009 May; 63(3): 351-62. doi: 10.5014/ajot.63.3.351.

Scholey M and Hair M. Back pain in physiotherapists involved in back care education. Ergonomics. 1989 Feb; 32(2): 179-90. doi: 10.1080/00140138908966078.

West DJ and Gardner D. Occupational injuries of physiotherapists in North and Central Queensland. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. 2001 Jan; 47(3): 179-86. doi: 10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60265-8.

Andini F. Risk factors of low back pain in workers. Jurnal Majority. 2015 Jan; 4(1):1-.

Borenstein DG. Chronic neck pain: how to approach treatment. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2007 Dec; 11: 436-9. doi: 10.1007/s11916-007-0230-4.

Salik Y and Özcan A. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: a survey of physical therapists in Izmir-Turkey. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2004 Dec; 5: 1-7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-5-27.

Abolfotouh M, Alomair F, Alangari D, Bushnak I, Aldebasi B, Almansoof A. Epidemiology of work-related lower back pain among rehabilitation professionals in Saudi Arabia. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 2021; 27(4): 390-8. doi: 10.26719/emhj.21.019.

Barnes R, Birch J, Cloete MM, Joubert L, Usher AC, et al. The incidence of work-related low back pain among currently practicing physiotherapists in Bloemfontein. South African Journal of Physiotherapy. 2007 Mar; 63(1): 9. doi: 10.4102/sajp.v63i1.117.

Alghadir A, Zafar H, Iqbal ZA, Al-Eisa E. Work-related low back pain among physical therapists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Workplace Health & Safety. 2017 Aug; 65(8): 337-45. doi: 10.1177/2165079916670167.

Glowinski S, Bryndal A, Grochulska A. Prevalence and risk of spinal pain among physiotherapists in Poland. PeerJ. 2021 Jul; 9: e11715. doi: 10.7717/peerj.11715.

Downloads

Published

2023-06-30
CITATION
DOI: 10.54393/tt.v4i02.120
Published: 2023-06-30

How to Cite

Javed, A., Tariq, S., Jabeen, T. ., Khan, S. ., Naeem, M. ., Muhammad Khan, H., & Waseem, M. . (2023). Prevalence of Low Back Pain among Physiotherapists Working in Clinics and Hospitals of Islamabad: Prevalence of Low Back Pain among Physiotherapists. THE THERAPIST (Journal of Therapies &Amp; Rehabilitation Sciences), 4(02), 37–41. https://doi.org/10.54393/tt.v4i02.120

Issue

Section

Original Article