Back pain in middle age; occupational workload and psychologic factors: an epidemiologic survey

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1988 Jan;13(1):58-60. doi: 10.1097/00007632-198801000-00014.


The prevalence of back pain in a sample of 575 fifty-five-year-old residents of Malmö, Sweden, was studied and predisposing factors were analyzed. The point prevalence of back pain was 29%. Individuals with back pain had been less successful in a childhood intelligence test, had a shorter education and worked at physically more strenuous jobs. They were also less satisfied with their working conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Back Pain / physiopathology*
  • Back Pain / psychology
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Medicine*