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Physical inactivity: a risk factor for low back pain in the general population?
  1. H S J Picavet,
  2. A J Schuit
  1. National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr H S J Picavet, Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research (PZO, pb 101), National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, PO box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, Netherlands; E: 

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Heavy physical work load, frequent lifting, frequent bending and twisting, and extreme sports activities are established risk factors for low back pain (LBP).1 Lack of physical activity, on the other hand, is also often seen as a risk factor, especially for the development of chronic low back conditions.1 To get insight into the potential health effect of health promotion campaigns for physical activity on the burden of low back conditions we studied whether physical inactivity predicts low back pain one to four years later in the general population.


Data from a population based cohort of the Monitoring Project on Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases (the MORGEN-study2), who lived in Maastricht, were …

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