It’s a commonly held belief that we tend to get more back pain as we get older. But is this true? Some Scandinavian researchers had a look at this belief. They studied 12 research papers that looked at sub-groups of patients where there was a significant proportion of older patients. Interestingly, they found that there was no evidence to suggest that patients who are older than 60yrs have more back pain than middle-aged patients (45+yrs). What was even more interesting was that the older (80+yrs) patients tend to get less back pain than the younger patients in these studies! Maybe there is hope for us yet
A recent article in Spine journal (July 01 2012) by Matsudeira and colleagues highlights an issue that chiropractors come across regularly in practice: that monotonous tasks and interpersonal stress at work are significant factors in the prediction of LBP at work. Other factors include previous episodes of low back pain and frequent lifting.