DOI: 10.5176/2251-3833_GHC15.24

Authors: Janhavi Sirsat1, Shivram Kumar1, Zahra Rehman1, Rachel Rajan1, Roaa A. Al-Qatrani1 and Jayakumary Muttappallymyalil2


Back pain, a widely disregarded topic on the whole, amongst high school children around the world is on a dramatic rise. Many factors such as sedentary lifestyle, smoking, poor back support, strenuous activities and heavy loads have shown to be associated with this phenomenon. The study was conducted primarily to find the prevalence of back pain in high school students along with identifying the factors involved in its development. A total of 184 students, both genders, from grades 9 to 12 (age group 13 to 18 years) were selected by means of convenience sampling. They filled out questionnaires after the parents of those below 18 years of age signed a consent form. The prevalence of back pain was found to be 65{6e6090cdd558c53a8bc18225ef4499fead9160abd3419ad4f137e902b483c465}. Among which females suffered twice as much compared to males. The most affected region of the back was also found. Other factors included sleeping position, hours in school, extracurricular activities, duration and weight of school bags carried. Prevalence of back pain is a major issue in today’s generation and awareness among the students is highly essential for early prevention. Awareness needs to be raised among high school students, their parents, and academic departments in schools regarding the ways to reduce these risk factors. Also, a nationwide study should be done to obtain a more generalizable result.

Keywords: Back pain, students, prevalence, risk factors

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