JAN - MAR 2021 | Vol 9 | Issue 0 1 Annals of Community Health 58 Low Back Pain among College Students in Manipur
Background: Low back pain (LBP) is a major health problem and the single leading cause of disability globally. College
students may suffer from back pain that can, in turn, limit their activities, including academics and decrease their overall
quality of life. However, there is a paucity of studies on back pain among college students in Manipur. Hence, this study was
conducted to determine the prevalence of low back pain among college students and identify the factors associated with it.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among a convenience sample of 559 college students from
five institutes in Imphal, Manipur, during April–May 2018. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and
analyzed using IBM SPSS version-21. Chi-square test was used for testing the significance between proportions. Logistic
regression analysis was also performed. Results: A total of 481 completed questionnaires were returned. The mean age of
the participants was 21.1 ± 2 years and 51% of the participants were male. The 1 year and point prevalence of LBP were
27% and 15%, respectively. Chronic LBP was reported by 6% of the participants. Smoking and a positive family history
of LBP were associated with both 1 year and point prevalence of LBP. Smoking was also associated with chronic LBP.
Conclusion: One in every seven students was suffering from current LBP and one in every four students had experienced
LBP in the past 12 months. LBP might be a significant health problem among the college students. Further studies involving
students from other colleges can be conducted.
Key words: College students, low back pain, prevalence
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