Low back pain in schoolchildren. An epidemiological study

Scand J Rehabil Med. 1988;20(4):175-9.


A prospective epidemiological study was conducted to determine the prevalence of backache and the aetiological role of several contributing factors. 1715 schoolchildren of both sexes answered a previously validated questionnaire. Approximately 33% of our sample had already suffered from low back pain (LBP) at some time. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between LBP and age, female sex, time spent watching TV, smoking and competitive sports.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Switzerland