Evaluation of Low Back Pain
Approximately 80 percent of individuals will have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime; in the working population this occurs in roughly 25 percent and to a disabling degree in 2 to 8 percent. Low back pain occurs most frequently between the ages of 20 and 40, but is more severe in older patients.
High risk occupations include vocations which are usually associated with lifting, twisting, bending and reaching. There is no strong association of low back pain with sex, height, body weight or physical fitness.
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