The impact of Covid-19 on symptomatic back pain – A new surging epidemic?

AbstractBackgroundThe Covid-19 pandemic led to global public health advocacy for a population behavioural and daily routine change. Remote work and social distancing were advocated to curb the community spread. A consequential effect on the physical health of the population is expected. The study aimed to explore whether since the onset of Covid-19 back pain complaints have increased while identifying potential reasons, among the Malta adult population.MethodsAn anonymous online survey was distributed on social media (6th to 20th April 2021). The survey enquired about changes in employment, daily routine, physical activity (PA) patterns and for the presence of back pain before (>6 months duration) and during Covid-19. Data on the socio-demographic status was noted. Descriptive, comparative and multivariant regression analyses were performed.ResultsA total of 388 responded with 30% (CI 95%: 25.55-34.64) reporting chronic back pain pre-Covid-19 while 49% (CI 95%:44.28-54.18) reported back pain since the onset of Covid-19. A significant change in daily routine and physical activity (p
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