Work-related low back pain?

Assess psychosocial variables!

  • Two-third of employees with LBP immediately after accident is absent 
  • The higher the scores on psychosocial questionnaires, the longer the duration of absence
  • Advice: start immediately with targeted interventions if psychosocial risk factors are present

Kinesiophobia, fear-avoidance beliefs and pain catastrophising are strongly associated with disability in activities of daily living and duration of work absence in patients with work-related non-specific low back pain. This is concluded by Spanish researchers who had 88 employees with low back pain completing several questionnaires immediately after the onset of complaints and monitored their absenteeism until they had fully resumed working again.


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