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  1. The prevalence of low back pain among children and adolescents a nationwide, cohort-based Questionnaire survey in Finland.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    A nationwide, cohort-based cross-sectional questionnaire survey as a part of a population study.


    To evaluate the prevalence of low back pain among Finnish children and adolescents. of Background Data.

    Low back pain is common already in adolescence, but the results concerning sex differences and peak age of the prevalence have been partly controversial.

    Also, previous studies nave been limited to smaller geographic areas.


    The subjects were 594 girls and 577 boys, a total of 1171 children and adolescents.

    They were pupiis of 45 different public schools.

    Various areas of Finland were included in the sampling process to represent different Darts of the countrv and different living conditions.

    The subjects completed a validated questionnaire by themselves or with the help of a parent or guardian.

    The questionnaire was checked by a supervisor when entering the field study.

    The Questionnaire included items that investigated the subjects'past and current low back pain.

    Low pack pain was classified on the basis of timing, duration, and location.

    Subjects reporting pain in the low back area that interfered with school work or leisure activities during the previous 12 months were defined as naving low back pain.


    The prevalence of back Dain was low (1%) among the 7-year-old and 10-year-old (6%) scnoolchildren, out increased with age, being 18% both among 14-and 16-year-old adolescents.

    No gender difference was found. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Finlande, Europe, Age, Durée, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Etude transversale, Enfant, Homme, Adolescent, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Finland, Europe, Age, Duration, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Cross sectional study, Child, Human, Adolescent, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0341692

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 12/09/1997.