August 31, 2016
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No link seen between kinesiophobia, disability in older women with low back pain

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Investigators of this study found kinesiophobia, as evaluated with the fear avoidance beliefs questionnaire, in women who were at least 60 years old and had low back pain did not correlate with disability.

Researchers identified 459 women with new episodes of low back pain. Women with severe diseases and visual, hearing and mobility losses and cognitive dysfunction were not included in the study. Investigators evaluated kinesiophobia with the fear avoidance beliefs questionnaire (FABQ) and functionality was evaluated with the Roland-Morris questionnaire and gait speed. A hierarchical linear regression model was used to perform statistical analysis. The VAS score was also used to assess the intensity of low back pain.

Findings showed most of the women were obese, had moderate low back pain and had a score above the cutoff point of 14 points on the FABQ physical subscale. Investigators noted patients also had a score of less than the cutoff point of 14 for the Roland-Morris questionnaire and had good gait speed test results.

According to researchers, the significant predictors for Roland-Morris questionnaire scores and gait speed test outcomes were BMI and VAS score. Investigators noted because the FABQ physical subscale was included, the additional predictive value was 0.1% with the Roland-Morris questionnaire. For the gait speed test, it was 0.2%. by Monica Jaramillo


Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.