Mary M Mutua, Luka Waiganjo and Edwin Boit
Pain occurring in the lumber part of the back is one of the major world health concerns. It is one of the causes of activity limitation thus leading to low productivity among various organizations. Depending on the nature of work or rather work environment, some individuals are at serious risk of developing LBP as compared to others. Exposure to physical inactivity which contributes to sedentariness can predispose individual to low back pain. Occupations requiring prolonged sitting and computer use, like banking, increase the risk of LBP. This is as a result of long working hours which exposes them to awkward postures such as stooping positions. This study therefore adopted a cross-sectional survey design that sought to investigate the impact of sedentary lifestyle, work-related and socio-demographics on pain occurring in the lumber region of the back among bank workers in Nairobi County, Kenya. The research worked towards establishing the prevalence and severity of LBP among bank employees within Nairobi County, Kenya. All bank employees with an experience of working in the banking sector within Nairobi County for a period of over twelve months stood a chance to be part of the study. An amount to 211 bank employees were selected and took part in the study. LBP intensity was assessed using the Pain Intensity Numeric Scale, its prevalence was gauged with the modified Nordic, and the Oswestry Disability Index Questionnaire evaluated the disability level caused by LBP.
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