Table 1

Low back pain (LBP) disability weights12

Severity levelLay descriptionDisability weight
Mild LBPThis person has mild back pain, which causes some difficulty in dressing, standing and lifting things.0.020
Moderate LBPThis person has moderate back pain, which causes difficulty in dressing, sitting, standing, walking and lifting things.0.054
Severe LBP, without leg painThis person has severe back pain, which causes difficulty in dressing, sitting, standing, walking and lifting things. The person sleeps poorly and feels worried.0.275
Severe back pain, with leg painThis person has severe back and leg pain, which causes difficulty in dressing, sitting, standing, walking and lifting things. The person sleeps poorly and feels worried.0.325
Most severe LBP, without leg painThis person has constant back pain, which causes difficulty in dressing, sitting, standing, walking and lifting things. The person sleeps poorly, is worried and has lost some enjoyment in life.0.372
Most severe LBP, with leg painThis person has constant back and leg pain, which causes difficulty in dressing, sitting, standing, walking and lifting things. The person sleeps poorly, is worried and has lost some enjoyment in life.0.384