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2022 Jan 25

Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med



The prevalence and psychosocial risk factors of chronic low back pain in KwaZulu-Natal.


Kahere M, Ginindza T
Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2022 Jan 25; 14(1):e1-e8.
PMID: 35144452.


 Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the leading cause of disability and has been extensively investigated in high-income countries (HICs), with little done in low-and middle-income countries. Biomechanical stressors do not have a major pathogenic role, but psychosocial predisposition is important. The occurrence and progression of CLBP are significantly affected by psychosocial risk factors. Guidelines recommend the early identification of psychosocial factors that could predict CLBP.