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Hacia la Promoción de la Salud

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DUQUE VERA, Iván Leonardo  and  URRUTIA ILLERA, Isabella María. LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DEGREE OF DISABILITY IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN. Hacia promoc. Salud [online]. 2017, vol.22, n.1, pp.113-122. ISSN 0121-7577.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17151/hpsal.2017.22.1.9.

Objective: To determine the level of physical activity and the level of disability in patients with chronic low back pain in a Colombian population and to establish the possible association between these variables. Materials and Methods: In an outpatient rehabilitation unit in Manizales (Colombia), patients with chronic low back pain completed both the Baecke Physical Activity Questionnaire and Oswestry Lumbar Pain Inability. Results: A total of 125 patients participated in the study. The average value of the Baecke index was 7.9 ± 0.9, with values for men and women of 7.8 ± 0.1 and 8.0 ± 0.7 respectively, without being able to demonstrate a statistically significant difference between the Sexes. The average value of the Oswestry index was 40.7 ± 18.3 with average values for males and females of 38.4 ± 18.8 and 42.4±17.7 respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the sexes. A Pearson correlation coefficient > 0.05 showed no relationship between the level of physical activity and the degree of disability in the patients. Conclusions: Results describe a population of patients with chronic low back pain who, compared to other studies in these patients, may be considered as more active and less disabled but in which there is no correlation between the level of physical activity and the degree of disability. Thus, patients with chronic low back pain appear to vary physical activity levels independently of the degree of disability.

Keywords : Low back pain; disability evaluation; motor activity; activities of daily living; causalgia.

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