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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2017, 5(2), 35-39
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-5-2-3
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Measuring the Relationship between Obesity and Low Back Pain: A Review Article

Qais Gasibat1, , Nordin Bin Simbak1, Saad EL Barasi2 and Adel Almangoush3

1Sultan Zainal Abidin University Malaysia

2Higher Institute of Medical Professions, Benghazi

3Faculty of Medical Technology, Misurata

Pub. Date: May 04, 2017

Cite this paper:
Qais Gasibat, Nordin Bin Simbak, Saad EL Barasi and Adel Almangoush. Measuring the Relationship between Obesity and Low Back Pain: A Review Article. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2017; 5(2):35-39. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-5-2-3

Abstract

Low back pain (LBP) is a common and elusive disorder. It cannot be comfortably diagnosed through clinical procedures, and little is understood about its etiology. From a public health perspective, it would be important to know if lifestyle factors, such as body weight, play an important role in its genesis. However, a look at the literature reveals some misperceptions. There are several hypotheses relating to a link between obesity and LBP. Increased mechanical demands resulting from obesity have been suspected of causing LBP through excessive wear and tear, and it has been suggested that metabolic factors associated with obesity may be detrimental. Thus, some consider it possible, but not particularly strong contributing factor of LBP, whereas others do not think that it is a risk factor of LBP. It has also been postulated that obesity may be a marker or an organizer for some other factors that are considered the causes of LBP. This study aims to measure the relationship between body weight and low back pain (LBP).

Keywords:
low back pain obesity associated risk factor evidence-based practice

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