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Title: Low back pain and lumbar angles in Turkish coal miners

Abstract

This study was designed to assess the incidence of low back pain among Turkish coal miners and to investigate the relationship between angles of the lumbar spine and low back pain in coal miners. Fifty underground workers (Group I) and 38 age-matched surface workers (Group II) were included in the study. All the subjects were asked about low back pain in the past 5 years. The prevalence of low back pain was higher in Group I than in Group II (78.0%, 32.4%, respectively, P {lt} 0.001). The results of the study showed that low back pain occurred in 78.0% of Turkish coal miners. Although the nature of the occupation may have influenced coal miners' lumbar spinal curvature, lumbar angles are not a determinant for low back pain in this population. Further extensive studies involving ergonomic measurements are needed to validate our results for Turkish coal mining industry.

Authors:
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  1. Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Zonguldak (Turkey). Faculty of Medicine
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20885715
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: American Journal of Industrial Medicine; Journal Volume: 50; Journal Issue: 2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; COAL MINERS; TURKEY; PAIN; VERTEBRAE; SKELETON

Citation Formats

Sarikaya, S., Ozdolap, S., Gumustas, S., and Koc, U. Low back pain and lumbar angles in Turkish coal miners. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1002/ajim.20417.
Sarikaya, S., Ozdolap, S., Gumustas, S., & Koc, U. Low back pain and lumbar angles in Turkish coal miners. United States. doi:10.1002/ajim.20417.
Sarikaya, S., Ozdolap, S., Gumustas, S., and Koc, U. Thu . "Low back pain and lumbar angles in Turkish coal miners". United States. doi:10.1002/ajim.20417.
@article{osti_20885715,
title = {Low back pain and lumbar angles in Turkish coal miners},
author = {Sarikaya, S. and Ozdolap, S. and Gumustas, S. and Koc, U.},
abstractNote = {This study was designed to assess the incidence of low back pain among Turkish coal miners and to investigate the relationship between angles of the lumbar spine and low back pain in coal miners. Fifty underground workers (Group I) and 38 age-matched surface workers (Group II) were included in the study. All the subjects were asked about low back pain in the past 5 years. The prevalence of low back pain was higher in Group I than in Group II (78.0%, 32.4%, respectively, P {lt} 0.001). The results of the study showed that low back pain occurred in 78.0% of Turkish coal miners. Although the nature of the occupation may have influenced coal miners' lumbar spinal curvature, lumbar angles are not a determinant for low back pain in this population. Further extensive studies involving ergonomic measurements are needed to validate our results for Turkish coal mining industry.},
doi = {10.1002/ajim.20417},
journal = {American Journal of Industrial Medicine},
number = 2,
volume = 50,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}