The association between backpack use and low back pain among pre-university students

A pilot study

Azhar Amyra Natasha, Aidy Ahmad Syukri, Mohd Kamaruddin Siti Nor Diana, Ima Nirwana Soelaiman, Chin Kok Yong

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Abstract

Background: Individuals aged 30-60 years have a high possibility of experiencing low back pain. However, children and adolescents are not exempted from this problem. This study aimed to determine the relationship between backpack usage and the frequency of low back pain in pre-university students. Methods: A total of 101 currently enrolled pre-university students were recruited for this cross-sectional study. They answered a questionnaire about their demographic details and their frequency of backpack usage. Their backpacks were weighed for four consecutive school days. The Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire and Body Discomfort Chart were used to rate discomfort levels. Results: The use and weight of a backpack were not significantly associated with low back pain, as indicated by the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire and Body Discomfort Chart (p > 0.05). Conclusion: This study did not find an association between the use of a backpack and low back pain in Malaysian pre-university students.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Taibah University Medical Sciences
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

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Low Back Pain
Students
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Weights and Measures
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Bone
  • Mechanical loading
  • Pain
  • Teenager
  • Vertebrae

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  • Medicine(all)

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The association between backpack use and low back pain among pre-university students : A pilot study. / Amyra Natasha, Azhar; Ahmad Syukri, Aidy; Siti Nor Diana, Mohd Kamaruddin; Soelaiman, Ima Nirwana; Kok Yong, Chin.

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