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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2015, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 187) Last page : ( 192)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2015.00164.3

Risk-Disposing Habits of Lowback Pain amongst Welders and Panel Beaters in Owerri, South-East Nigeria

Abanobi Okwuoma C1, Ayeni Gabriel O2,*, Ezeugwu Clifford C2, Ayeni Oluwasegun A3

1Department of Public Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State

2Department of Physiotherapy, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State

3Department of Mathematics (Statistics), Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

*Corresponding author: Gabriel O AYENI, Surgery Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Unit, Physiotherapy Dept, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, PMB 1010 Imo State, Nigeria. E-mail: ayenco_2@yahoo.com, Contact No. +234 - (0)8035441807

Online published on 27 May, 2015.



Low back pain (LBP) incidence among craftsmen is relatively high. This study assessed the risk disposing habits of LBP among metal workers in Owerri, South-east Nigeria. Study design: A prospective cases-control study design


From August 15th to September 30th, 2012, a surveillance exercise was carried out. 50 cases and 50 non-cases were matched from the identified cases and non-cases. Frequency matching was done. Data analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistics of chi square and 2by2 contingency table.


Habits of alcohol consumption (OR = 2.45, CI = 1.10 - 5.47; p < 0.03), awkward posture at home (OR = 6.12, CI = 2.46–15.33; p < 0.001) were significantly associated with lowback pain. However, habits such as sleeping late, having multiple sex partners, sex frequency, diet, smoking and exercise were not significantly associated with LBP (OR < 1, p>0.05).


The incidence of lowback pain is associated with some risk disposing habits.



Low Back PainMetal WorkerWeldersPanel BeatersCigarette SmokingAlcohol Consumption.


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