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Moderate or severe low back pain is associated with body mass index amongst community-dwelling older Australians

Gilmartin-Thomas, JFM, Cicuttini, FM, Owen, AJ, Wolfe, R, Ernst, ME, Nelson, MR ORCID: 0000-0001-9941-7161, Lockery, J, Woods, RL, Britt, C, Liew, D, Murray, A, Workman, B, Ward, SA and McNeil, JJ 2020 , 'Moderate or severe low back pain is associated with body mass index amongst community-dwelling older Australians' , Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 91 , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2020.104231.

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Abstract

Objective: Low back pain is prevalent in older populations and modifiable risk factors may include being overweight or obese. This study aimed to describe the prevalence and impact of moderate or severe low back pain in community-dwelling older adults and its association with body mass index (BMI). Methods: Cross-sectional study involving 16,439 Australians aged ≥70 years. Logistic regression was used to describe associations between the presence or absence of moderate or severe low back pain experienced on most days with BMI. Analyses were conducted separately for males and females, and controlled for age and depression at baseline. Results: Of 14,155 pain question respondents, 11 % of males (n = 710/6475) and 18 % of females (n = 1391/7680) reported moderate or severe low back pain (total 15 %, n = 2101/14,155). Of those reporting moderate or severe low back pain (n = 2101), 55 % reported taking pain-relieving medication regularly, and 29 % reported that the pain regularly interfered with sleep, 37 % with walking, and 47 % with day to day activities. When age and depression were controlled for, there was a statistically significant (p Conclusion: Moderate or severe low back pain is common, has a significant impact, and is associated with either an overweight or obese BMI among community-dwelling Australians aged ≥70 years.

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Authors/Creators:Gilmartin-Thomas, JFM and Cicuttini, FM and Owen, AJ and Wolfe, R and Ernst, ME and Nelson, MR and Lockery, J and Woods, RL and Britt, C and Liew, D and Murray, A and Workman, B and Ward, SA and McNeil, JJ
Keywords: analgesia, back, body mass index, geriatric, pain, weight
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
ISSN: 0167-4943
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.archger.2020.104231
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