International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy and Physical Education

ISSN: 2456-5067

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.
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