A recent study provided some new information on the occurrence of localized and non-localized back pain. The results suggest that sciatica was more common in non-localized back pain patients than in localized back pain. Non-localized pain was also predictive of more days when daily activities were not able to be performed.
Women, older adults, and those with a tendency to experience somatic symptoms are at greater risk of non-localized back pain. Groups for occupational support had an effect on the prevalence of both types of pain. The authors suggest that future research on back pain should make a distinction between participants with localized or non-localized pain.
- The study authors examined data from a cohort study that used baseline and follow-up questionnaires to examine patients.
- There were 609 patients who reported localized back pain and 3,820 patients with non-localized back pain. The researchers found
- Patients with non-localized back pain were associated with sciatica in the month before the survey more frequently than localized back pain patients
“Nonlocalized back pain patients also reported more days within the month and year before the survey that they were unable to perform everyday activities.”