Risk-Disposing Habits of Lowback Pain amongst Welders and Panel Beaters in Owerri, South-East Nigeria
*Corresponding author: Gabriel O AYENI, Surgery Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Unit, Physiotherapy Dept, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, PMB 1010 Imo State, Nigeria. E-mail: email@example.com, Contact No. +234 - (0)8035441807
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 Pain, Metal Worker, Welders, Panel Beaters, Cigarette Smoking, Alcohol Consumption.