Low Back Disability and Long Distance Travlelling; A Study Among Truck Drives

  • Faizan ur Rehman
  • Umer Maqsood
  • Muhammad Zahid Latif
Keywords: Low back disability (LBD), Long distance travelling, Truck drivers, Oswestery low back disability index, Low back pain


Background: Low back pain is a common problem related with the musculo skeletal system. Abnormal and persistent working posture is among the majorcauses. The objective of this study was to determine the association of Low back disability (LBD) with long distance travelling in truck drivers of Lahore, Pakistan. Methodology: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted among the truck drivers during the period of December 2015 to May 2016. Convenient sampling technique was adopted. A sample size of 377 was taken by Rao soft online calculator. The data was recorded on a self-structured questionnaire. Modified oswestery low back disability index was used for level of LBD. Data was analyzed by Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 20. Chi-square test was applied to find the association between low back pain disability and travel hours. p valve ≤ .05 was considered statistically significant Results: A total of 377 truck drivers were included in the study. The age of drivers ranged from 18-67 years and travelling time of drivers, in a week ranged from 15 hours to 124 hours. The truck drivers with 1-20 years of experience of long distance travelling participated in the study. Conclusion: The study concluded that there was a strong association between travelling hours and LBD.

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