Protective and harmful effects of physical activity for low back pain: A protocol for the AUstralian Twin BACK Pain (AUTBACK) feasibility study

Marina B. Pinheiro*, Manuela L. Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge, John Hopper, Christopher G. Maher, Jan Hartvigsen, Bart Koes, Markus Hübscher, Paulo H. Ferreira

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Abstract

Low back pain (LBP) is a major health problem globally, but approaches to prevention are not yet clearly identified because modifiable risk factors are not well established. Although physical activity is one promising modifiable risk factor, it is still not known what types and doses of physical activity are protective or harmful for LBP. The aim of this study is to establish the feasibility of a definitive cohort study that will investigate the effects of different types and doses of physical activity on the risk of developing recurrent LBP while accounting for genetic factors. This will be a pilot longitudinal twin study and twins will be recruited from the Australian Twin Registry, and will be followed over 1 year. Thirty adult complete twin pairs with a history of LBP, but symptom free at recruitment, will be included. Data on physical activity (predictor) will be collected using four questionnaires and an objective measure (accelerometer) at baseline and at 6-month follow-up. Twins will also complete an additional physical activity questionnaire monthly. Data on LBP (outcome) will be collected at baseline and weekly. Data will be collected using short message service (SMS) and email. We will keep records of the recruitment rate, follow-up rate, and completeness of data. Barriers to completing the study will be investigated. The results of this study will inform the design and implementation of a future definitive study, which will help to clarify the effects of different types and doses of physical activity on the risk of developing recurrent LBP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-509
Number of pages8
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • longitudinal study
  • low back pain
  • physical activity
  • risk factors
  • twin study

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