Low back pain may be caused by fatigue, awkward positions

Low back pain may be caused by fatigue, awkward positions

According to a new study, awkward positions, distractions and fatigue might significantly increase the risk of lower back pain.

A team of researchers at the University of Sydney found that undertaking manual tasks involving awkward positions might increase the risk of low back pain by eight times. They also found that people who are distracted during activities or fatigued also face an increased risk of acute low back pain. About 10 per cent of the world's population experience back pain, which is a key reason of disability according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease report (2010).

The report by the WHO also showed that low back pain has a greater impact on global health than malaria, diabetes, or lung cancer. However, the medical community has not found effective prevention strategies.

Associate Professor, Manuela Ferreira, The George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Medical School at The University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia said that the study is the first to examine brief exposure to several reasons for lower back pain.

The study was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Explains researcher Manuela Ferreira, associate professor at The George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Medical School at The University of Sydney, said, "Understanding which risk factors contribute to back pain and controlling exposure to these risks is an important first step in prevention. Our study is the first to examine brief exposure to a range of modifiable triggers for an acute episode of low back pain."

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