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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: October | Volume: 8 | Issue: 10 | Pages: 131-137

Prevalence of Low Back Pain in Sitting Vs Standing Postures in Working Professionals in the Age Group of 30-60

Divya Pillai1, Dr. Purti Haral2

1FinalYear BPT, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India.
2Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Purti Haral


Low back pain is one of the most commonly experienced musculoskeletal disorders in recent times. Sitting and standing occupations require individuals to remain in static postures for longer durations which may lead to discomfort in their lower back. It may interfere with an individual’s quality of life and performance at work. The primary focus of this study is to find out if there is an association between sitting and standing working postures and low back pain.
Method: A cross sectional survey was carried out among working professionals having occupations which required predominant sitting or standing in the age group of 30-60 years using a pre-validated self-administered questionnaire. 100 individuals were invited in the study out of which 50 individuals had working postures that involved sitting whereas 50 individuals had standing working postures.
Result: 76% of individuals with sitting occupation and 70% of individuals with standing occupations experience low back pain. 63.15% of individuals with sitting occupations and 60% of individuals with standing occupations feel that improper ergonomics might be one of the causes of their low back pain.
Conclusion: Data analysis concluded that low back pain was more prevalent in individuals with sitting working postures than standing. The percentile difference between both the groups was 6%; it can be noted that prolonged sitting and standing both have adverse effects which may result in complaints of low back pain.

Key words: Low back pain, Prevalence, Musculoskeletal disorders, sitting posture, standing posture.

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