Back symptoms in nursing aides in a geriatric hospital. An interview study with special reference to the incidence of low-back symptoms

Scand J Rehabil Med. 1976;8(2):47-53.


The incidence of back symptoms, particularly in the lumbar region, was investigated in 267 female nursing aides in a geriatric hospital. The overall incidence of low-back symptoms was 46.8%. Low-back insufficiency was present in 40%, lumbago in 18.4% and sciatica in 7.6%. Nursing aides with low-back symptoms had a higher incidence of cervical and thoracic spine symptoms than those without low-back symptoms. Recurrence of low-back symptoms had been common, appearing in 82%. Nursing aides with lowback symptoms considered their work more stressful to the spine than those without low-back symptoms. No relationship was found between different kinds of lifting technique and the incidence of low-back symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Geriatric Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Assistants*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Recurrence
  • Sciatica / epidemiology
  • Sweden