Occupational Low Back Pain in Primary and High School Teachers
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:49 AM

The purposes of this study were to investigate the prevalence of and risk factors for low back pain (LBP) in teachers and to evaluate the association of individual and occupational characteristics with the prevalence of LBP.

This study found that high school teachers appear to be more prone to  LBP than primary school teachers. Certain factors were associated with the prevalence of LBP and increased the risk of LBP among teachers.  The prevalence of LBP was significantly associated with age, body mass index, job satisfaction, and length of employment. Prolonged sitting and standing, working hours with computer, and correcting examination papers were the most aggravating factors, respectively. Rest and participation in physical activity were found to be the most relieving factors.

Some work-related activities such as correcting examination papers, prolonged sitting, and prolonged standing and working hours with computer were found to be the most common activities for developing LBP among teachers. Some preventive strategies such as having a break time during working hours and performing regular daily exercises were found as useful preventive factors to reduce the incidence of LBP in the teacher population.

Source:  http://chiro.org/wordpress/2014/11/29/occupational-low-back-pain-in-primary-and-high-school-teachers/