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Document ID (ISN)42365
CIS number 84-1410
ISSN - Serial title Journal of the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Takashina S., Sugata I.
Title Lower backache among farmers in suburban districts and preventive measures
Bibliographic information Nov. 1983, Vol.32, No.4, p.851-859. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract A survey was conducted on the incidence of low back pain among farmers in suburban areas in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. A great number of full-time farmers complained of low back pain; many of those had a history of neurosis or neurotic tendencies. Working posture, carrying of heavy objects, and cold exposure were the proximate causes of the lumbago. A study of the living and working conditions of these farmers suggested a correlation of the amount of labour, dietary protein deficiency, experience of abortions and shortage of sleep with the occurrence of low back pain. In orthopaedic examinations, no factor but age could be correlated with low back pain. Prophylactic exercises were recommended, but the effect of the exercises has not yet been ascertained.
Descriptors (primary) work posture; manual handling; cold workplaces; agriculture; backache
Descriptors (secondary) relaxation exercises; diet; age-linked differences; abortion; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Physical fitness programmes
Work posture
Heat and cold