Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of mechanical back pain?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: Debra G Perina, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Low back pain is a common complaint in adults of all ages, and it is becoming an increasing complaint in children and adolescents. A study following children from age 14 years into adulthood suggests that obesity in childhood, particularly in females, is a risk factor for later hospitalization for sciatica. This study also reported an increased risk of hospitalization for sciatica in males who smoked at a young age. [15]


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