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2022 Mar 03

Int J Environ Res Public Health



A Scoping Review on the Epidemiology of Chronic Low Back Pain among Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Kahere M, Hlongwa M, Ginindza TG
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Mar 03; 19(5).
PMID: 35270657.


The global burden of chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a major concern in public health. Several CLBP epidemiological studies have been conducted in high-income-countries (HICs) with little known in low-and-middle-income-countries (LMICs) due to other competing priorities of communicable diseases. The extrapolation of results of studies from HICs for use in LMICs is difficult due to differences in social norms, healthcare systems, and legislations, yet there is urgent need to address this growing burden. It is against this backdrop that we conducted this review to map the current evidence on the distribution of CLBP in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).