Published: 2021-04-26

Variations in anthropometry and physical characteristics of staff with low back pain working in tertiary hospital

Roshin Mary Varkey, Joji Joshua Philipose


Background: Several links were searched to know the variations in anthropometry and physical characteristics of staff with low back pain (LBP) working in tertiary hospital. Controversy exists between the association of these characteristics with LBP. The study was conducted to understand the relation between physical characteristics and LBP in the south Indian population.

Methods: Ethical approval was obtained from the institutional health research ethical committee. A survey was conducted using a proforma and it was circulated among the staff and doctors in the tertiary care hospital. The validated questionnaires were framed to collect all the physical characteristics and anthropometry of the respondents and history of LBP. The distribution of the parameters are calculated either as mean±two standard deviation, or as count and percentage. The tests used for comparison is the t test and for association is the chi square (𝛘2) test. A p value less than or equal to 0.5 is considered as statistically significant. The data was analysed using the microsoft excel and the minitab (17) software.

Results: The study showed significant positive association of back pain with increase in weight of the subjects, history of back trauma, spinal injections and lifting heavy weights (p value<0.01). There was no significant association of LBA with variables like history of menstrual irregularities and mode of transport.

Conclusions: There is a positive association between LBP with anthropometric features like weight of the patient and also physical characteristics like history of back trauma, spinal injections and lifting heavy weights.


Anthropometry, Health workers, Low back pain

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