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THU0533 Prevalence of low back pain and kinesiophobia in elderly residents of sao paulo city: a cross-sectional preliminary data
  1. K.E. Chang1,
  2. J.W.C. Silva2,
  3. I.M.B. Souza1,
  4. P.A. Moura1,
  5. F.J.R. França2,
  6. J.E. Pompeu1,
  7. A.P. Marques1
  1. 1Department of Fonoaudiology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Medical School at University of Sao Paulo
  2. 2Departamento de Gerontologia Social, 2Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Background Low back pain (LBP) is an important health problem around the world associated with disability, high costs for the health system and work absenteeism. A recent systematic review estimated that in Brazil, the point prevalence of LPB in the elderly is 25%, superior to knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, being considered one of the most relevant health conditions in the elderly.

Objectives To measure the prevalence of LBP and kinesiophobia in the elderly, following the existing guidelines on conducting specific prevalence studies about LBP and to investigate the factors associated.

Methods This is a cross-sectional study and the total sample to be recruited is 513 individuals of both genders, over 60 years old. Pain was investigated at two different times: current and last year, and pain intensity was measured by Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS). Disability was measured using the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire – Brazil version (RMDQ - BRA) and kinesiophobia was measured by the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK).

Results Until now, 387 elderlies were interviewed, of which 77% were women and the mean age was 71.98 (±7.70). The prevalence of LBP was 76.23%, with a punctual prevalence of 72.54% and a 12 months prevalence of 93.22%. The mean NPRS score was 7.52 (±2.16), the mean RMDQ - BRA score was 11.32 (±5.35), and the mean of the TSK score was 43.78 (±7.50).

Conclusions Preliminary data indicate that the prevalence of LBP and kinesiophobia are high in this population. However, the level of functional disability due is moderate. There are few studies that approach these symptoms in the elderly population, and will serve as the basis for the creation of health policies.

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[3] Leopoldino AAO, Diz JBM, Martins VT, et al. Prevalência de lombalgia na população idosa brasileira: revisão sistemática com metanálise. Rev Bras Reumatol2016;56(3):258–269.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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