Acta Ortopédica Mexicana

Soto-Padilla M, Espinosa-Mendoza RL, Sandoval-García JP, Gómez-García F
Frequency of low back pain and its treatment at a Private Hospital in Mexico City
Acta Ortop Mex 2015; 29 (1)

Language: Español
References: 16
Page: 40-45
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ABSTRACT

Background: In Mexico low back pain is a very frequent symptom in the orthopedic practice. It is an important cause of work absenteeism, it is difficult to diagnose due to its various etiologies, and its treatment should be carefully chosen as, according to the World Health Organization, only 4% of patients require surgery. Objective: To determine the frequency of low back pain at Hospital Ángeles Mocel during a two-year period, and analyze the various etiologies and the treatment provided to patients. Material and methods: The data base of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Service at Hospital Ángeles Mocel was analyzed. It consisted of 246 patients over 18 years of age admitted with a diagnosis of low back pain. Frequency, sex, age, etiology and treatment were analyzed. Results: At this hospital low back pain ranks second among the causes for hospital admission at the Orthopedics and Traumatology Service. Frequency is 13.5%; the most frequent age group affected is 31-45 years (36.9%); females were predominant (53.6%). Most cases admitted for low back pain were acute and had a posttraumatic etiology (90% of cases). Conclusion: Low back pain is a frequent reason for visiting the doctor worldwide. Epidemiologic studies about the frequency, etiology and treatment of low back pain are scarce in Mexico, even though it is one of the major causes for hospital admission at a private hospital.


Key words: low back pain, pain, statistics, epidemiology.


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