Obesity and low back pain

A retrospective cohort study of Japanese males

Yuko Hashimoto, Ko Matsudaira, Susumu Sawada, Yuko Gando, Ryoko Kawakami, Chihiro Kinugawa, Takashi Okamoto, Koji Tsukamoto, Motohiko Miyachi, Hisashi Naito

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Abstract

[Purpose] This study evaluated whether obesity is a risk factor for low back pain, by using body fat percentage (%FAT) and body mass index (BMI) as indices of obesity among Japanese males. [Subjects and Methods] This study included 1,152 males (average age: 28.0 ± 4.6 years). BMI was calculated from subject’s height and weight, and %FAT was estimated by the thickness of two parts of skin. Low back pain, drinking and smoking were surveyed using a self-administered questionnaire, and maximal oxygen uptake was measured by a submaximal exercise test using a cycle ergometer. [Results] A significant positive dose-response relationship was shown between %FAT and persistent low back pain prevalence. Similarly, a significant positive dose-response relationship was confirmed between BMI and persistent low back pain. [Conclusion] This study suggests that both high %FAT and BMI are risk factors for persistent low back pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978-983
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy Science
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Low Back Pain
Cohort Studies
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Obesity
Body Mass Index
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Drinking
Adipose Tissue
Smoking
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Weights and Measures
Skin

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Low back pain
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Obesity and low back pain : A retrospective cohort study of Japanese males. / Hashimoto, Yuko; Matsudaira, Ko; Sawada, Susumu; Gando, Yuko; Kawakami, Ryoko; Kinugawa, Chihiro; Okamoto, Takashi; Tsukamoto, Koji; Miyachi, Motohiko; Naito, Hisashi.

In: Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Vol. 29, No. 6, 2017, p. 978-983.

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Hashimoto, Y, Matsudaira, K, Sawada, S, Gando, Y, Kawakami, R, Kinugawa, C, Okamoto, T, Tsukamoto, K, Miyachi, M & Naito, H 2017, 'Obesity and low back pain: A retrospective cohort study of Japanese males', Journal of Physical Therapy Science, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 978-983. https://doi.org/10.1589/jpts.29.978
Hashimoto, Yuko ; Matsudaira, Ko ; Sawada, Susumu ; Gando, Yuko ; Kawakami, Ryoko ; Kinugawa, Chihiro ; Okamoto, Takashi ; Tsukamoto, Koji ; Miyachi, Motohiko ; Naito, Hisashi. / Obesity and low back pain : A retrospective cohort study of Japanese males. In: Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2017 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 978-983.
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