Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Prof. Dr. Turan Uslu gave information on the subject. In fact, low back pain is a disease seen in all ages and genders. However, there are some privileges for women in low back pain.
- At least 40% of women have a back pain attack each year.
- Pain started in the last year in 80% of the women with a pain in the waist.
- One third of women between the ages of 16-24 and half of women aged 45-65 have had a back pain attack in the last year.
- Low back pain is more common in women in early and advanced ages, and in men in middle ages.
- Low back pain attacks of women last longer than men, and women have a higher risk of becoming chronic. Men's back pain attacks are shorter but more severe.
- When women experience lower back pain, they tend to have more movement restrictions than men.
The relationship between being a woman and low back pain
- Menstrual periods trigger pain
- Pregnancy and childcare cause women to experience lower back pain more often. 40-60% of pregnant women have low back pain.
- Pain in men is mostly due to a significant strain. In women, daily repetitive movements such as daily living activities, long standing, housework, child care may cause pain.
- Whiplash injuries (whiplash injuries) that occur after motor vehicle accidents are more common in women and heal later.
- Heavy objects carrying, pulling, pushing, gardening and cleaning activities, home and outdoor activities are the most important causes of back pain.
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped waist) is more common in girls and women than men
Work environment and back pain
- Only 15-20% of low back pain in women is related to the work environment and work. This rate is higher in men.
- Health, hotel, catering businesses, banking, finance and insurance sectors are the work areas where women most frequently experience low back pain.
- Nurses frequently encounter low back pain problems due to prolonged standing and patient care.
- Jobs in which body movements such as pushing, pulling, and rotating are often forced into repetitive movements are an important risk factor for low back pain.
- There is a risk of low back pain due to sitting for a long time in grocery cashiers, keyboard users, people working at the telephone switchboard, and occupational groups offering banking services.
- In child and elderly caregivers, nurses and kindergarten teachers; Activities such as lifting, bending, and reaching out increase the risk of low back pain.
- Low job satisfaction and low wages increase the risk of back and neck pain.
Home environment and back pain
- Cleaning activities (bending, pushing, trip, turning)
- Ironing (standing for a long time, turning)
- Pregnancy (hormonal factor, mechanical factors, emotional factors)
- Baby care, breastfeeding, carrying
- Menstrual period lowers the pain threshold
- Menopause and risk of osteoporosis
- Hypermobility syndrome is more common in girls and women.
- Fibromyalgia syndrome is more common in women.
- High heels increase our lumbar lord (waist cupping).
- Tight dresses, trousers and skirts that prevent comfortable movement increase the risk of low back pain.
- Large breasts and breast prostheses put an additional load on the waist.
Woman, family and society
- Women pay more attention to their health than men. They are more sensitive about this.
- Women are more helpful than men.
- They are more likely to work in the care sector.