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Investigating structural and non-structural risk factors for low back pain and disability

posted on 27.05.2019, 03:37 by TOM ALAN RANGER
This thesis investigated risk factors for low back pain (LBP). It examined muscles and fascia around the spine, finding that while the size of the two paraspinal muscles combined predicts disability in people with LBP, only the size of the deepest muscle, multifidus, was associated with pain intensity. Furthermore, the fascia that overlies the muscles around the spine was also associated with LBP and disability. Finally, psychological factors (specifically catastrophisation and depression) were found to be drivers of recurrent, severe episodes of LBP. These findings suggest potential treatment targets for preventing LBP and improving rehabilitation for people with LBP.


Principal supervisor

Flavia Cicuttini

Additional supervisor 1

Donna Urquhart

Additional supervisor 2

Stephane Heritier

Additional supervisor 3

Priscilla Barker

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences

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