Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2017)
Prevalence of low back pain and its related functional disability in ex-servicemen of Indian army
Author(s): Saurabh Kumar, Anand Kumar Singh, Ankush Sharma
Abstract: Background: A common, painful condition affecting the lower portion of the spine is known as low back pain (LBP). Spinal pain is the most common complaint among soldiers in both operational and nonoperational environments. In the present study the authors investigate empirically the prevalence of low back pain and its effect on daily living activities/ QOL in ex-servicemen of Indian army. Method: The descriptive cross-sectional study was performed on 200 ex-servicemen, registered under ex-servicemen contributory health scheme, ministry of defense, government of India. Selection was random sampling. A detailed study based on modified oswestry disability index (MODI) questionnaire was performed to access the functional disabilities due to low back pain. Result: The main finding of the study was that the prevalence of low back pain is 59% in the ex-servicemen and functional disability due to back pain is 44.06% moderate type and secondly minimal disability 27.97% was found in ex-servicemen of Indian army. Conclusion: By the data analysis it is concluded that most of the ex-servicemen was suffered by low back pain. And there was mostly minimal to moderate type of disability which affects their daily living activities.