Low back pain in car drivers: a review of studies published 1975 to 2005

Gallais, Lenka and Griffin, Michael J., Griffin, Michael J. and Bovenzi, Massimo (eds.) (2006) Low back pain in car drivers: a review of studies published 1975 to 2005. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 298, (3), 499-513. (doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2006.06.012).


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This review investigates whether there is evidence of an association between car driving and low back pain, and evidence that whole-body vibration contributes to low back pain in car drivers. The evidence of an association between various physical, psychosocial and individual factors and low back pain in car drivers was also investigated. From 23 epidemiological studies of low back problems in groups that reported car driving, nine studies fulfilled simple criteria for detailed review: four cross-sectional studies, three case-control studies and two longitudinal studies. The definition of low back pain was often unclear and, mostly, the physiological mechanisms causing low back pain were not considered. Eight of the nine studies concluded that there was an increase in low back pain among car drivers but there was little consideration of the influence of the many physical factors, individual factors and psychosocial factors that might be associated with an increase in low back pain. Consequently, there is insufficient evidence to form a conclusion on whether whole-body vibration, postural stressors or other factors, specific or not specific to driving, are common causes of low back problems in car drivers

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2006.06.012
Additional Information: Special Issue on the Third International Conference on Whole-body Vibration Injuries, Nancy, France, 07-09 Jun 2005
ISSNs: 0022-460X (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Human Sciences
ePrint ID: 45638
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/45638

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